On Wednesday night just before 11:30 p.m., a man was robbed in a parking lot off 4th Street.
Tim Heatherly was at the stop light when he saw a man hit another man and then run away.
The victim told police the man said he had to pay to park there and when he pulled out his wallet, the thief took his wallet.
“When I first called 911, it said 911 operators were unavailable and hung up on me, so I called right back and it rang through and they said they were busy,” said Heatherly.
A police spokesperson said police responded four minutes after the call was made.
“He waited several seconds getting through because there were multiple priority calls coming into the 911 center during the same time frame,” said a police spokesperson.
John Johnson said he knows how much police are stretched thin. That’s why as the owner of Broadway Oyster Bar he said they are teaming up with other bars on Broadway and on 4thStreet to start paying for off-duty police officers.
“It’s a concern and it should be a concern for everybody and that’s why we’re going the extra mile and doing something tangible to try to help the police do what they need to do,” said Johnson.
He said all the local businesses are on board, they are working to get the cooperation from the chains like White Castle and Taco Bell.
According to statistics, crime is down in downtown but Johnson believes the off-duty officers patrolling on the weekends with make customers and employees feel safer.
Broadway Oyster Bar says they have lights and cameras in their lots, but they checked and didn’t find a good image of the possible robber.
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