“I wasn’t going to let them win”


Juicy Wellness Coffee owner Mary Beth Laxson received an early morning phone call that a business owner never wants. His store had been robbed.

“They kicked down the front door, they took our ledger and they took whatever was in the drawer,” said Laxson, who opened the vegan restaurant and juice bar three years ago.

Undeterred, Laxson and his team cleaned up the mess and only opened 30 minutes late.

“Smart Bank came and gave us change to start,” Laxson said, pausing as she hugged a customer who offered comfort.

“I wasn’t going to let them win. On the contrary, things like this make me stronger.”

Juicy’s was one of five restaurants robbed overnight in the West Murfreesboro area.

Neighboring CoreLife Eatery owner Scott Searles received a phone call saying his restaurant had been hit, but there was nothing in the drawer to take. Searles showed video footage of a seemingly frustrated suspect who left empty-handed.

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CoreLife Eatery, 2330 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.

MPD officers responded to a burglar alarm at Taco Bell on Saint Andrews Drive overnight. While there, officers were alerted by workers at the nearby McDonald’s on the New Salem Highway that the store’s drive-thru window was smashed.

Employees of Crumbl Cookies on Medical Center Parkway discovered the store had been burglarized after arriving for work, an MPD spokesperson confirmed.

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