The Fountain Place Plaza is a popular shopping center in Southern West Virginia where many families go to eat dinner, buy clothes and get groceries.
Yet two violent incidents, only weeks apart, are causing many shoppers to call the plaza a hot-spot for danger.
“Somebody needs to step up because it’s a shame you can’t go grocery shopping without being mugged. It should never happen,” said Larry Rogers, president of the Omar Area Crime Watch.
Sunday afternoon, a woman walking out of the center’s Walmart was hit over the head as a man tried to grab her purse. Almost one month before, in the same shopping center and also in the middle of the day, a man stole a car with a woman still inside. He has since been arrested.
“It’s not overblown, it’s happening,” said Rogers, who is now pushing for more security at the shopping center.
The city of Logan Police Department has wanted to build a police department in the same shopping center for years. The land was supposed to be donated by a local contractor, yet the city is still waiting for the deeds.
In the meantime, officers told 13 News purse snatchings and carjacking at Fountain Place Plaza are “extremely rare.” They said there’s more shoplifting inside the stores than anything else.
Police said when walking to and from a car, shoppers should always be alert and stay off the phone. They also suggested to keep a pair of keys in hand, in order to sound the car alarm.