BY KEN LITTLE
Greeneville police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary Sunday at the Palace Barber Shop in the Towne Square Shopping Center.
An unspecified amount of money was taken from the barber shop, Officer Roy Milton said in a report.
About 6:05 p.m. Sunday, an employee of the Dollar General store in the plaza heard "a loud bang" and looked in the direction of the barber shop, across the parking lot in the plaza, "and saw a male dressed all in black run around the corner and back toward Irish Street," the report said.
The employee told an off-duty sheriff's deputy who came into the store what she saw.
"He [sheriff's deputy] stated he saw three males behind Monterrey's Restaurant, one all in black, and when he came by they hurriedly dispersed," the report said.
Greeneville police arrived at the barber shop to find the plate glass in the front door broken out.
The owner was contacted and told officers that the burglary may be connected to the robbery of one of his employees at gunpoint at his home in the 1800 block of Parton Loop early on Nov. 11.
That robbery remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
A possible male suspect in both crimes is named in the report.