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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a big scare for employees opening up the Taco Bell on North Slappey. And it all unfolded in front of Jack Zumwalt who was setting up for a weekend sale at the Turner's Budget Furniture store next door.

"We weren't really paying attention because we were watching the furniture, but we say someone wearing a green t-shirt bolt out of the store. And just take off running," said Zumwalt.

When police arrived, he knew exactly what happened. "Employees say a young black male possibly in his teens came into the store, pointed his gun at employees, and jumped the counter," said Albany Police Public Information Officer, Phyllis Banks.

"And he was able to get away with a bank deposit bag with an undetermined amount of money." That's when the gunman ran out of the store.

"He headed back towards the back of the store. And we think he took off behind our store," said Zumwalt.

"Employees said he had a green t-shirt tied around his face, possibly wearing a white or gray t-shirt and a ball cap," said Banks.

This Taco Bell has been no stranger to armed robberies with the most recent happening at night. "We've been concerned about this, and that is why we have extra employees working on at night. And we are just trying to take precautions on that," said Zumwalt.

But thieves are not waiting for night to commit their crimes anymore. "Crime can occur at any time," said Banks. "It's just important for people opening businesses to be aware of their surroundings and take the proper precautions to avoid things like this if possible."

Police continued to interview witnesses hoping to get a better description to get that suspect off the streets and into a jail cell. If you have any information that could help police with this case, call Crime Stoppers at 229-436-TIPS.

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