Lookout placed for suspects in Rite-Aid robbery

by Wes Mayer

The Newnan Police Department is on the lookout for two men and a woman suspected of robbing the Rite-Aid drugstore on Temple Avenue early Saturday.

Officers responded to an armed robbery at the drugstore around 7:20 a.m., according to a police report from Officer Edward Lee with the Newnan Police Department. Officers arrived, cleared the store and spoke to the victim, an employee who opened the store.

The victim told officers a heavy-set black female came into the store to make a purchase when the store first opened at 7 a.m., Lee reported. The victim said the customer appeared nervous and was looking around the store, but she made her purchase and left. Shortly after, two black males entered the drugstore wearing hooded sweatshirts, and one came behind the counter and pointed a gun at the victim, Lee said.

According to Lee, the drugstore employee was told to retrieve money from the store's safes and not to sound any alarms. At gunpoint, the victim was forced to open the safe in the office, but did not have access to the safe in the pharmacy. Fortunately, the suspects didn't injure the victim and asked her to let them out the rear roll-up door so no alarms would sound. When they fled, the victim dialed 911.

Surveillance tapes confirmed what the victim told officers, and showed the suspects fleeing the store in the direction of the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Public Library on Hospital Road. The suspects stole an undetermined amount of cash from the safe and the victim's wallet from her purse, according to police.

The two suspects were described by the victim as skinny, one around 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and the other around 6 feet tall. The shorter suspect was wearing a black jacket with a gray and red-colored hood and either tan or brown sleeves. The taller suspect was wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt with a white cloth around his neck. The female is also a suspect in the robbery and was wearing a pink-hooded sweatshirt.

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