Des Moines Store Owner Tackles Armed Robber

Full story: KCRG
Authorities say the co-owner of a store and his friend have captured an armed man who robbed the Des Moines store. Full Story
Joy Plumley

Long Island City, NY

#1 May 9, 2012
This store needs to be closed... This is not the first time this has happened. This store has been broken into at least 8 times or robbed, also the stores next door(Shear Pawfection & The independently owned Insurance Co) have also been attempted to be broken into, and they have succeeded in breaking into USW Tattoo after this store was broken into seven times. This store is a menace to Valley Junction. It sells drug paraphernalia to minors as well as synthetic drugs that act like K2 to minors... they claim to sell these items as "Novelty Items" I am pretty sure that the law still stands in Iowa that you can be charged if you sell items such as bongs, and Federal laws are not being followed by them either. The police have been to this shop on several occasions due to break in's and the shops near them have had to heighten their ...security since, causing undue stress and cost to innocent tenants. If your clients are nothing but drug addicts then I don't know what you could expect. This is no surprise that they were robbed at gun point, when you attract every drug addict within 5 counties. This shop needs to be closed. The owners of this shop do not even reside in West Des Moines, they do not care about their community because it is not theirs. During Farmers Market and anything else Valley Junction would put on there are a massive amount of children and families around, I am only grateful that this did not happen on one of those days and that someone was not seriously injured. I know in the early years of 2000, the Feds went to all head shops and closed them... Day Dreams in Ames and Des Moines, were both closed and they even thought of bringing them all up on charges. This store should not be able to exist. It needs to be shut down and I hope it happens soon.

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