DAWSON, GA (WALB) - Authorities in Terrell County are on high alert after five men robbed a package store, and the Mayor of Dawson says they won't tolerate this crime.
Dawson Police Chief Charlie Whitehead says they're stepping up patrols after the ABC Package store in Terrell County was robbed. "We're adding officers out there on the street to make sure that our merchants are safe. It happened right outside the city. Of course it places us on alert, as well as all law enforcement officers in this area."
Terrell County Sheriff's deputies say five men wearing masks, hoods and gloves ran into the store around 9 o'clock Tuesday night. Three of the men had guns.
Paul Patel was working when it happened. One of the robbers fired a BB gun and hit him, but he wasn't injured.
"It was a bit disheartening and it troubles me. And the people in this community, we're fed up with it," said Dawson Mayor Chris Wright.
Authorities say the robbers made off with about $1,000 in cash, several large bottles of liquor and cigarettes. The thieves left the store, running east on Augusta Street.
Mayor Wright is encouraging residents come forward if they know something. "We would want someone to come to our aid. So I think by being open with law enforcement these criminals can be brought to justice."
Now several authorities and leaders are coming together to beef up security and encourage folks to be on alert.
"We're going to put some things in place to make sure that our merchants, as well as all our citizens, are safe," said chief Whitehead.
"I know myself, as well as the community, are quite fed up with the crime in this area and we're looking to engage in some dialogue that will encourage, as well as educate the community on the importance of keeping themselves safe during this season," said Mayor Wright.
A season meant to be about giving; not crime. If you have any information call the Terrell County Sheriff's Office at 229-995-4488.