Po­lice search for sus­pect in Tues­day armed rob­bery

The Covington News - - Local news - By Am­ber Pittman

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice are look­ing for a gun-wield­ing bandit who tried to rob the Dol­lar Gen­eral on U.S. High­way 278 on Tues­day.

An em­ployee told of­fi­cers that the man had come up to the reg­is­ter with a pack­age of Tshirts. As she rang up the pur­chase, he drew a hand­gun from his waist­band and or­dered her to give him all of the money.

The clerk told the would-be rob­ber that all of the money was in the safe and she was un­able to open it. He said he didn’t want to hurt her and or­dered her to the ground, then ran out with­out the money or the T-shirts.

A wit­ness told of­fi­cers that she had seen a white SUV parked be­side the store with its en­gine run- ning and the lights on. As she en­tered the store she saw the man run out and get into the SUV, which was then driven off west­bound on High­way 278. She was un­sure if there was an­other per­son in the ve­hi­cle.

The bandit is de­scribed as a black male with a medium com­plex­ion, roughly 5-foot-9-inches tall, a slim build, twists in his hair, wear­ing a black coat, white shirt and blue jeans. Wit­nesses say he was driv­ing a newer model SUV, pos­si­bly for­eign, mid-size with sil­ver vents on the front fender.

Ev­i­dence was taken from the store, in­clud­ing the pack­age of shirts that he touched and sur­veil­lance video. Po­lice are ask­ing that any­one with in­for­ma­tion con­tact them at (770) 786-7605 or on­line at www.cov­ing­ton­po­lice.com. Tips can be given anony­mously.

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