It was an act of boldness and it sent a message.
The armed robbery that took place at HT Commons Shopping Center this week on an otherwise peaceful morning was a demonstration of sheer audacity.
And it served notice that nothing can be taken for granted.
In so many ways, Monday was just a typical mid-August day when families prepare for fall and the school year.
Shoppers were busy grabbing up back-to-school bargains at the Walmart Supercenter.
Others were patronizing a beauty supply store, shoe store, dollar store and other businesses.