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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2007

Town Creek seeks Shell station robber

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

TOWN CREEK — Authorities are looking for a man who robbed the Shell service station at 2640 Alabama 20 on Saturday night and might have fled on foot.

Town Creek Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett said the clerk described the man as being white, 6 feet tall with a goatee, and wearing a gray jacket and light blue cap.

“She said she didn’t see any type weapon and that he made no threats to hurt her,” Garrett said. “She said he only told her to ‘give me the money.’ ”

Garrett said the clerk told police she was behind the counter with her back to the door attempting to count money when the man walked in about 9:40 p.m., 20 minutes before closing.

“She said before she could turn around, he had come around the counter and pushed her against the cigarette rack,” Garrett said.

“She said when he demanded money, she handed him a bag. He then asked her where the video tape was.”

Garrett said the clerk led the thief to the office and gave him the tape.

“She said the man told her to get on the floor until he leaves,” Garrett said. “She said he went out the front door and after she heard the bell, she said she waited a few seconds and first called her manager, then called police.”

Garrett said the man fled in an unknown direction, possibly on foot.

“The clerk said she did not see or hear a car,” he said.

Garrett said that unfortunately there are apparently no other witnesses to the crime. He said the investigation is on going and urges anyone who might have seen a suspicious person in or around the station Saturday night to call police at 685-3200.

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