Sheriff’s office on lookout for four robbery suspects

by Wes Mayer

Coweta County authorities are on the lookout for four suspects who robbed a gas station convenience store by intimidation early Sunday.

Around 3:20 a.m., authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Flash Foods convenience store at Thomas Crossroads in reference to a robbery that had just occurred, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. When authorities arrived, they met with the victim, the manager on duty, who said three men came in and stole an undetermined amount of cigarette cartons.

According to Yarbrough, the manager said he was in the back getting cleaning supplies when two of the suspects ran inside, jumped over the counter and began putting cigarette cartons into a black plastic bag. When the manager asked them what they were doing and picked up the phone to call police, a third suspect entered and intimidated the manager.

The manager told authorities he did not see if the third suspect had a weapon, but he was in fear for his life, Yarbrough said. The manager also said two of the suspects may have entered the store earlier that morning.

A witness was also able to tell authorities he was pulling into the gas station when he saw three black males run out of the store and get into a black sport utility vehicle.

Lt. John Kennedy, the lead investigator of the case, arrived and processed the scene for fingerprints and footprints.

Photos of the four suspects and the black sport utility vehicle were also taken with surveillance video, but the suspects have not yet been identified. Anyone with information on the suspects or the robbery have been asked to contact the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.

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