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SYRACUSE, NY — Syracuse Police are still looking for an armed robber who stole a woman’s wallet in Armory Square Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. in the 400 block of Clinton Street.

The woman is an employee of Peppino’s. The owner, John Vigliotti, said employees are like family and this horrible for his team.

He also said it could be bad for the business owners trying to make a living the downtown area.

“It’s discouraging to see it happen within downtown Syracuse itself,” Vigliotti said.

During the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight, one of his employees was robbed at gunpoint right outside work.

“It’s just an awful situation. Extremely frustrating,” Vigliotti said.

John took to Facebook to voice his frustrations.

He also read several comments.

People posting that incidents like this one is why they do not come downtown.

For a business owner, that is difficult to hear.

“The idea that there are people that would like to come downtown, but just wouldn’t because they’re fearful of what might happen, is just disheartening,” Vigliotti said.

A security camera sits on the corner of the block where the incident happened, but authorities said they do not believe it caught the robbery.

Security is priority for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and they said nearly 20 cameras help keep an eye on the many thousands of people that work in and visit the area.

“There not intended to be a replacement for actual officers. They’re meant to be a tool to enhance existing security efforts and then we are hoping as downtown does continue to grow in both visitors and residents that we’re able to expand the number of feet on the ground,” Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, said.

Treier said they have two officers patrolling during the day and night, plus Syracuse police officers are in the area too.

Safety and security is more important than ever with more and more people working and living downtown.

“Our hope is to be able to understand what our residents and what our businesses need and with them to advocate for the solutions that are going to work for our neighborhood,” Treier said.

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