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Store employee beaten during robbery

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

December 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Police are searching for two masked men who beat a store clerk during a robbery Monday night, and it was all caught on tape.

One robber was carrying a two by four board, but the clerk was hit with fists rather than that board.

Investigators say these robbers are extremely violent and dangerous.  In fact the robbery of the Dollar General on South Westover Boulevard was so violent, Investigators spent part of today going store to store, warning clerks and employees about these two robbers, and to be on guard.

Take a look at this surveillance video, two men with white bandanas over their faces and black hoods over their heads walk into the Dollar General on South Westover just after 9 PM. One man grabs the frightened clerk, 51 year old Carolyn Davis.

Dougherty County Police Captain Jimmy Sexton said "Extremely violent, very brutal. No concern about injuring the clerk at all."

The second robber is carrying a two by four board.

 Sexton says "He doesn't strike anyone, but he is menacing the folks with it."

The other robber pushes the clerk back to her register.

Sexton says "He attempts to force her to open the safe and the register. She is unable to do that. He actually strikes her in the face."

The robber punched the clerk several times.  Her screams brought the assistant manager, 24 year old Valeria Burnogh, from the back of the store.

 Sexton said "Another clerk came from the rear of the store and was able to open the safe and the register."

The robbers took the money and ran into the woods across Westover Boulevard. The clerk was bruised, but not badly injured.

Police want you to take another look at the masked robbers.  One is taller than the other, the way they move, and their clothes.

Sexton said "Notice the one individual with the two by four. His pockets on his pants are a lighter color. " He also had one white glove, and one purple one."

Sexton said "We've been out today talking with other store clerks. We just let them know we are going to be checking the area as much as we possibly can do."

Store employees told us that they were ordered not to speak to the media, but they said while Davis was not badly injured physically, she is very upset mentally, which anyone can understand after she was so violently attacked.

Police say the violence used by these robbers worries them, and they are urgently asking for your help. If you have any information about this robbery after seeing the surveillance video, call the Dougherty County Police at 430-6600, or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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