Connecticut store owner requires shoppers to unmask for camera after armed robberies

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STAMFORD (WCBS 880) -- Sick and tired of stickups, a Stamford store owner now requires patrons to unmask for security cameras before entering to shop.

The owner of a Mobil station convenience store on the city’s West Side implemented the policy after three armed robberies during the time of the pandemic.

The gunmen in the robberies wore masks, just as everyone does these days.

Stamford public safety director Ted Jankowski said the owner took a novel approach.

“In speaking with the owner, the owner said he is requiring patrons before they come into the store to reveal their face by pulling down their mask,” Jankowski said. “This is later on in the day, more towards the evening, where the establishment’s door will be locked until somebody shows their face.”

Jankowski said he expects other stores that are open late may adopt similar policies.