VINTON, LA (KPLC) - Police in Vinton are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Dollar General store around 8 p.m. Monday night.
It's not something that happens everyday in Vinton and the occurrence is leaving many residents in shock.
"I've been living in Vinton for 20 years," says Roxanne English, a resident of Vinton. "I've never known this to be a high crime area."
English says a daily trip to the Dollar General store has become routine.
"Everyday I have to shop here," says English.
The news about Monday night's armed robbery took English by surprise.
"I'm really surprised and disappointed that someone would rob a Dollar General store," says English.
A night clerk of the Dollar General store told authorities that a black, thin male entered the business with a hand gun, and demanded money from the cash register.
"There were no injuries," says Chief Ricky Fox of Vinton Police. "Everything went quite smooth during the robbery."
Although no one was injured, the robber did get away with some hefty cash.
"He got away with approximately $3200 in cash," says Fox.
Although it is rare for the town to see crime, authorities say it is not too unheard of around Christmas.
"It's the time of year for it," says Fox. "Folks that have a tendency to prey on those who are in better shape financially than them will usually do it."
"People are desperate I guess and they do desperate things when they're desperate," says Pamela Moore, a resident of Vinton.
Other residents remain quite shaken by the robbery despite the time of year, however.
"It is surprising and shocking," says English. "Of course you never know what can happen in a small town."
Although the armed robbery may have taken some local residents by surprise, residents say they're not going to let this incident get in the way of their day to day tasks in Vinton.
"I'll watch out maybe a little closer but it doesn't make me scared enough not to go anywhere," says Moore.
"It just disappoints me," says English. "But it's not going to stop me from shopping here though."
Authorities are still investigating the case.
If you have any information on the robbery, contact the Vinton Police Department at (337) 589-3561.