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Halloween sees spike in crime

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

Halloween is typically associated with candy, costumes and good old-fashioned ghost stories. But this year in Lincoln, the crimes were very real.

It started around 7:30 Thursday night at the Dirt Cheap smoke shop near 27th and Randolph.

"Two men had entered the business wearing Halloween masks," Officer Katie Flood, Lincoln Police Department, said. "One was armed with a handgun and demanded money from a clerk as well as a customer inside the store."

Police say the other suspect grabbed money, then both men took off. A security guard chased the men, but police say one suspect shot at him twice.

Then, just 15 minutes later, another call came in. This time, it was a robbery attempt at a home near 45th and M.

Police say a woman answered her door for what she though were trick-or-treaters. But on the other side was a man with a cloth covering his face.

"He said trick-or-treat and then said give me your money," Flood said.

Another man living in the home came to help, but was stabbed four times while fighting the robber off.

Police say that man is in serious, but stable condition and will be ok, but neighbors were shaken up.

"Wow. I mean, it just doesn't seem like it would happen, especially here," Ross Brown, Lincoln, said. "Super quiet neighborhood, it's just kinda scary, really."

And if that isn't enough excitement for one night, the Family Dollar near 11th and Cornhusker was hit around 8:30.

"A man entered the store, alone, wearing a Halloween mask, holding a handgun," Flood said.

She says the man demanded the clerk empty the register into a sack, then left.

Police say, luckily, only one person was injured during last night's crime spree.

Officers are still searching for all four suspects, but don't have a great description of any of them.

Police are checking to see if the Dirt Cheap and dollar store robberies are connected.

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