NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- New Haven police are investigating a couple of weekend crimes in a part of New Haven that's generally thought of as very safe. They happened in the Elm City's Westville neighborhood and some neighbors there are worried.
Both of the incidents, an armed hold-up at a clothing store and the attempted robbery of a pizza delivery man, happened within a 12-hour period between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.
In many ways Westville Center with its clothing stores, antique galleries and restaurants is an oasis from the more hectic pace of downtown New Haven.
Crime is an everyday part of life in any major city like New Haven, but there are neighborhoods like Westville that seem to be safer than most.
That's why folks like Colin McKernon, who frequents the area on a regular basis, were taken aback by the two incidents over the weekend.
"Overall, definitely feel safe around here," said McKernon. "I just hope they can keep it out of here, keep it safe."
On Saturday afternoon, police say a man robbed Odeon Clothiers on Whalley Avenue, flashing a silver handgun and demanding money.
The store is closed on Mondays, so nobody was available to speak to News 8. However, Al Jarvis, who works next door at the Hair Power Saloon, isn't overly concerned about safety in Westville Center.
"I think its fairly safe, but like I said you have to be aware of your surroundings in any case," said Jarvis, "and we're living in a city so there's a chance anything can happen."
Shortly after midnight on Saturday, about 10 hours after Odeon was hit, Pizza Haven around the corner on Blake Street was victimized.
Two men, one of whom was brandishing a handgun, tried to rob one of the shop's delivery men on Willis Street.
"They point a gun at him and then one on the passenger side, and the window was open," said Steven Sahan, Pizza Haven, "and the guy on the drivers' side pointed a gun to his head and said give me all of your money."
Sahan says his nervous driver then hit the gas and got away uninjured.
However, in the wake of that close call he's increasing the number of places where his drivers can't deliver after midnight.
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