Man points gun at clerk, flees store

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A would-be robber pulled a gun on a clerk at the Dollar General store at 7118 U.S. Highway 278 on Tuesday night, but apparently got cold feet and fled the store without taking the money.

According to Covington Police Department Detective Daniel Seals, detectives are continuing their investigation by going through surveillance tapes and seeking a suspect described by witnesses as a black man, medium complexion, approximately 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a slim build, twists in his hair and wearing a black coat, white shirt and blue jeans.

The clerk told officers that the man came to her register to pay for a pack of T-shirts. She placed the shirts in a bag and rang up the total on the cash register.

"(The clerk) stated at this time the male withdrew a handgun from his waistband and ordered her to give him all the money. (She) told the male that the money was in the safe and she was unable to open it. (She) stated the male said he did not want to hurt her and ordered her to the ground. The male then ran out of the store and sped away from the scene, heading west on U.S. 278 in a white SUV," a CPD incident report states.

Not only did he not get any money, the suspect left the package of T-shirts on the counter.

A witness stated he had pulled into the store parking lot and noticed a white SUV with the motor running and the lights on. He said as he entered the store, he saw a man run out of the front door and get into the SUV. He said he was unsure whether or not there was someone else in the vehicle.

The vehicle the suspect fled in is described as a "newer model, possibly foreign" SUV, white, midsize with silver vents on the front fender.

In other crime news, CPD officers responded to a burglar alarm at CitiTrends clothing store at 3205 Elm St. about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a CPD incident report, a "cylindrical piece of metal that appeared to have come off a bicycle" was used to break glass and enter the store.

"Several clothing articles, including packages of socks, were strewn outside the building and leading toward Alcovy Road," the report states, adding that a further check revealed several clothes hangers in the bushes near the railroad tracks just north of Bulldog Tire Company.

Police ask that anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspects in these cases to call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting the department's website at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "Most Wanted" and then "Anonymous Tips."