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Two robbers swipe cash, phone cards

CONYERS - Two employees of a convenience store were threatened Thursday at gunpoint while two men stole approximately $12,000 in cash and $25,000 in prepaid phone cards.

Conyers Police Department Officer K.C. Swift reported that about 6:45 p.m. Thursday two armed Hispanic men entered Apos Pepe's Supermercado on West Avenue.

Swift said he spoke to the female victim in Spanish to obtain her statement.

The female victim said after the two suspects walked into the store, one turned around and locked the door behind him.

"(The victim) stated she was behind the counter at the cash register when one of the Hispanic males wearing a camouflage hat came around the counter and pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at her and ordered her to open the cash register," the officer said in his report.

The suspect told the victim to sit in a chair while he emptied the cash from the register and placed the money into a bag. The man then grabbed a box containing between 3,000 and 5,000 phone cards sitting nearby.

When asked, the victim told the suspect that was all the money in the store. However, Swift said, the man noticed the till where the transfer money was placed.

"(The victim) advised (that) the man turned around and pointed the gun back at her and called her a liar," the officer said. "He pulled out the till and took all of the money inside the till."

The suspect, who was still pointing the gun at the female victim, then told her not to call the police and that they had people watching the store and would come back if she contacted authorities.

In the meantime, the second suspect approached the manager of the store, who was standing in one of the aisles. The second suspect "approached (the male victim), pulled out a gun, cocked it back and pointed it at him," Swift reported.

Despite receiving warnings not to talk to police, both victims entered witness statements into evidence, the officer said.

"During the interview, (the woman) was visibly upset," Swift said in his report. "At one point, her eyes became red and she began to cry."

Officers noticed two video cameras were installed in the store, however, the manager of the store said they were not operational yet and he expected the final piece of hardware to arrive the next day.

The suspects were described as being light-skinned Hispanic males. One was described as being 5 feet, 6 or 7 inches in height and wearing a camouflage hat. The second man was described as being approximately 5 feet, 10 or 11 inches tall.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.