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Athens police search for service station robbery suspect

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — Search dogs from Limestone Correctional Facility were unable to locate a man who robbed a gas station in Athens at knifepoint Tuesday. But maybe you can help find him.

That’s because the station’s surveillance camera caught the robber forcing his way into the store at closing and yelling at the clerk.

Athens police released the tape Wednesday in the hope someone will recognize the robber.

On the tape, the female clerk at the Delta-Express on Jefferson Street was about to lock up at 10:30 p.m. when she saw a man wearing a black toboggan and carrying a knife walking toward the door.

The robber pushed his way in, and the clerk fell on the floor. He pointed a knife at her.

The robber yelled at her throughout the tape to, “Hurry up,” “Get the key” and “Turn off the alarm.”

The robber walked in and out of the door multiple times. Investigators do not know why.

The clerk tried to calm the robber, telling him she was getting the key and saying “OK” to his demands.

The robber left on foot, Capt. Marty Bruce said, but investigators don’t know if he later got into a vehicle.

The robber, a black male, also had on a gray sweatshirt, jeans and green gloves.

If you recognize the robber from the photo police provided, or if you have other information, call police at 233-8700.

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