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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Two men robbed a Thomasville convenience store at knife point and tied up the clerk.

They got away with more than just cash.

The two robbers also swiped the store's surveillance tapes so police wouldn't be able to identify them. But authorities believe they'll be able to find the crooks with the public's help.

When Flash Foods store clerk Angel Mitchell learned that one of her co-workers had been robbed, she was shocked.

"We never thought since most people who come here are every day people that we would get robbed. But it still happened," says Mitchell. "It's crazy because they did it with knives. Most people rob with guns but they had knives."

Around 3 A-M Monday, two men entered the 24-hour store on Pinetree Boulevard.

"That time of the morning not a whole lot of traffic is moving around in that area," explained Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

"We're supposed to be cleaning or doing something when we're not busy, so they came in and caught him off-guard," adds Mitchell.

After the robbers caught the clerk off-guard, they led him to this back room, tied him up, and left him there.

"We don't know how long he was back there because he was tied up and couldn't move. he was back there for awhile until a customer came in," says Mitchell.

Hampton added, "When the customer came in he could hear him screaming for assistance."

The two suspects took off with some cigarettes, more than six-hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets, and less than eighty-bucks out of one of registers. But...

"They did get the safe," Mitchell explains. "They had to be here quite a time cause our safe is timed. So they were here a good thirty minutes."

And most importantly...

"They stoles the surveillance tapes along with the V-C-Rs."

Leaving police little to work with.

"All we know is we have two black males, two slender build black males wearing white masks and tan-colored gloves," says Hampton.

Now they're hoping the public will help them find the men and bring them to justice.

The store clerk suffered a minor injury to his wrist.

Thomasville Police urge anyone with information on this armed robbery to call the Thomasville CrimeStoppers line at (229) 227-3305.

 
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