Police searching for Shell station robbers
by Wes Mayer
Newnan police are still searching for two men suspected of robbing by force the Lakeside Shell convenience store on Bullsboro Drive late Saturday.
Around 4:11 p.m., officers with the Newnan Police Department were dispatched to the Shell gas station at 1215 Bullsboro Drive in reference to a robbery in progress.
According to Officer Brandon Johnson, officers arrived to find numerous witnesses, but the suspects had fled the area. Johnson entered the store and met with the employee – the victim – who was working behind the counter during the incident. The victim told officers there were two suspects who were both short, black males with regular builds – one was older with white shirts, white pants and a red hat, and the other was younger with black jeans, a dark blue shirt and a hat.
The victim told officers the suspects entered the store and purchased some candy and soda, but after buying the items, the two suspects ran around the counter, hit him, pushed past him and began to steal cigarette cartons – authorities believe between 40 and 50 cartons were stolen.
The victim then retrieved the loaded gun kept behind the counter and pointed it at the suspects, but they told him they also had guns, so the victim fled outside. The suspects soon came outside and got into a burgundy Nissan Murano and began to leave the area, the victim said. In an effort to stop the vehicle, the victim aimed at the rear passenger tire and fired three times, but was unable to stop the suspects from getting away. After this, an employee of Express Oil Change walked over and took the gun from the victim, emptied the bullets and shell casings and laid it on the convenience store’s counter for authorities.
The scene was turned over to Sgt. Vansant with the Newnan Police Department. Around 40 minutes later, authorities were notified by residents in the Shenandoah Villas apartments about two males who drove up in a Nissan Murano, got into a smaller white vehicle and left the neighborhood. The Murano was later found on Villa Drive, but the suspects were not located in the area.
Both suspects are wanted for robbery by force, intimidation or snatching.