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Bridal store taking extra precautions

VIDOR- by Haley Bull

Cindy's Bridal in Vidor is taking extra safety precautions while police look for the two men who robbed the shop in March and attacked two women inside. Police said the men may be linked to another robbery.

Once the scene of a crime is now a store prepared for any customer who walks through the door.

"It took a while for us to even want to come back in here," owner Johnni Andrus said. "I had never suspected something like that would happen in my own store."

March 12th, two men pretending to be customers at Cindy's Bridal attacked Andrus and one of her employees. The men dragged the two to the dressing room, took Andrus' jewelry and beat her employee.

Thursday, the fingerprints that once marked the dressing room walls have been scrubbed away.

"We've learned a few things since then," Andrus said.

The employees wear panic buttons and are more cautious.

"We were with our guard down because we were getting ready to go home, but I think we have changed our tactics a lot, and I think we'll know as much about you when you leave as you think you know about us," Andrus said.

Vidor Police are trying to learn more about two men.

The first is a white man, about 5'11", 170 lb. with tattoos covering both arms and one on his neck.

The second is a black man, about 5'8", 235 lb. with no visible tattoos.

Vidor Police said DNA evidence may possibly link the two men from the bridal store robbery to a convenience store robbery in Chambers County.

"Hopefully they'll catch them. I don't want somebody else to have to go through what we went through," Andrus said.

It's an experience that hurt, but made the store owner wiser and stronger.

If you have any information, contact the Vidor Police Department at 409-769-4561

 

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