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Covington police search for Game Star armed robbery suspect

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Officers with the Covington Police Department are searching for a man who robbed Game Star on U.S. Highway 278 Friday night of cash and a Play Station 3.

According to Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom, a black male entered the store located at 4131 U.S. Highway 278 around 7:30 p.m.

"(He) milled around with customers and actually received assistance from one of the clerks prior to brandishing a firearm and demanding money from the register," Malcom said. "He ordered the clerks to the floor behind the counter prior to fleeing the scene in an unknown direction."

He took an undetermined amount of cash and also took a Play Station 3 with accessories in a white bag, Malcom said.

He is described as having a medium build with facial hair, wearing sunglasses, a knit skull cap, black jacket with yellow stripes, a maroon shirt and jeans.

"Officers actually arrived as the call was coming out; however, the brief delay of the 911 call being made because both clerks in the store were ordered to the (floor) behind the counter, along with the direction of travel being unknown, the perpetrator was able to escape the area."

Malcom said they are appealing to the public for anyone to come forward who may have seen the suspect leave the area or have other information on the incident.

Information may be left anonymously on this case and any other case in which the public has information by calling 770-385-6430 or by going to the Covington Police Web site, www.covingtonpolice.com, and clicking the anonymous tip icon on the left.

In other crime news, a Loganville woman reported her car was stolen while she went inside the Quick Trip station on Ga. Highway 142 around 12:20 Friday afternoon.

The woman told CPD officers she had pulled up to the gas tanks, cut off her engine and placed her keys in the center console. She filled her 1986 red Ford Thunderbird with gas and went inside to pay for it and buy a sandwich. When she came out of the station the car was gone.

She described the vehicle as having faded paint with white scratches on the hood, a breast cancer survivor sticker on the back, a broken front right turn signal and a dent in the passenger side rear bumper. Also, the driver's side door panel is missing.

Also taken were her purse, a Taurus .38 stainless steel pistol, some medication and a set of Black and Decker hedge trimmers.