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Recent crimes plague Southaven neighborhood

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - From a fatal crash at Highway 51 and Stateline Road following a police pursuit, to the robbery of a BP gas station, and now the robbery of the In and Out market this past Saturday, one part of Southaven has recently been plagued by crime.

Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said these recent events have occurred in a part of SouthaTuesdayre crime usually doesn't happen.

"It is a pipeline that people have a tendency to visit within a mile of the state line on a big five lane road, so we've seen that through the years, we'll see some crime in the area," Long said.

Stateline Road and Highway 51 are otherwise known as the 51 & Main District - the oldest area in Southaven. Saturday's armed robbery at the In and Out market was the first time shots were fired during a crime in Southaven this year.

"There was a robbery," Long said. "They wanted cash. Initially the manager refused. A shot was fired at him. He then complied with the request."

Police arrested David Proffitt and Ellis Allen of Memphis.  Allen faces armed robbery and aggravated assault chargesProfitrofitt was charged with accessory after the fact for driving the getaway car.

Doug King has owned an area tire business for 20 years. Despite the recent crimes, he feels very safe.

"We've got good people in the community and I just think the economy and the season has people weary and acting funny," King said.

Allen's bond was set at $100,000, while Proffitt's was set at $10,000.  Long credited their quick capture to an alert citizen who heard the shots, followed the suspects and quickly called the police.

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