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CPD looking for suspect in robbery

COVINGTON - Officials with the Covington Police Department are asking the community for assistance in locating a man who robbed the Long John Silver's restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said the man never produced a firearm, but "acted as if he had a firearm under his shirt."

Wagstaff said that shirt is what he hopes someone recognizes.

"The shirt has some very distinguishing characteristics," he said.

The suspect told the cashier, "I want the money out of the cash register," Wagstaff said. The money was handed over and, according to witnesses, he left the parking lot in a white Ford F-150 pickup.

"Even though we don't have a great picture of his face, we're hoping someone will see the picture we have and say, 'Hey, I know somebody who wears a shirt like that and drives a white truck,'" Wagstaff said.

The suspect is described as a white man about 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds with light brown hair and a scruffy beard. He was wearing glasses and a light brown baseball cap.

Wagstaff said the be-on-the-lookout or BOLO advisory has been sent to various law enforcement agencies throughout the metro area to see if perhaps similar robberies had taken place in other areas.

"We're thinking, though, this is probably a local thing because this restaurant is kinda off the beaten path. Usually when we see similar crimes being committed it's at a Wal-Mart or Home Depot - some place right on the Interstate," he said.

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime is asked to call Sgt. Mike Tinsley at 770-385-6430.

Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."