|Police seek robbery suspect |
|Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:02 am |
By CHRIS MENEES
South Fulton police are searching today for a suspect in the Thursday night robbery of Cash Express on Broadway.
It marks the third time the business has been robbed in about the last 18 months, according to South Fulton Police Chief Andy Crocker.
Cash Express was most recently robbed sometime between 5:20 and 5:25 p.m. Thursday when a black man entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a lone clerk.
The man is described as about 6-feet-4 to 6-feet-5-inches tall, weighing between 175 and 185 pounds. He was wearing a gray hoodie, which was pulled over his head, and blue jeans.
Crocker said no one else was in the store when the man came inside. He said the man “meandered around a little” and paused at a refreshment area for customers. He apparently did not raise the employee’s suspicions and she never hit the panic button to summon help.
According to Crocker, it was only a couple of steps to where the employee was standing and the intruder quickly got around to where she was standing. He then forced the employee to get the money out of the register.
The police chief said the robber — who had a pistol — forced the employee down to the ground and told her not to get up. He then ran out the front door, around the south end of the building.
Crocker said the man had a vehicle parked a street behind the business in about the 100 block of Central Avenue. He reportedly got into a black Chevy Blazer, possibly with a dent in the driver’s side door, based on information from witnesses who saw the man flee, heading south on Central Avenue in a residential area at a high rate of speed.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Anyone who has information about the suspect is asked to call the South Fulton Police Department at (731) 479-1311, their nearest law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers are guaranteed anonymity and could earn cash rewards for tips which solve crimes.
Crocker told The Messenger that Thursday night’s robbery marks the third time in less than 11⁄2 years that Cash Express has been robbed. He said two people were arrested in the second incident, but the first remains unsolved.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.2.12