LAKELAND, GA (WALB) - On Tuesday night around nine o'clock, Lanier County Deputies were dispatched a robbery at the Bulldog #3 Convenience Store on West Highway 84 in Stockton, Georgia.
Four armed men wearing masks and gloves forced the clerk to the floor, and struck the clerk at least once in the head. They stole cash from the store, electronic devices, and the blue Dodge Caravan belonging to the clerk.
They forced the clerk at gunpoint from the store and released him a short while later. They ditched the van and were picked up by the same vehicle that dropped them at the store, earlier and went toward Homerville.
Lanier County Deputies, Lowndes County deputies, the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Corrections K-9, Clinch County Sheriff's office, and Homerville Police department as well as other law enforcement and civilians converged on the scene to look for the culprits.
"We are very thankful that the clerk was not fatally injured, but four armed persons entering a store and pointing weapons at the clerk, then striking him, manhandling him, kidnapping him and robbing the business is absolutely horrible," said Sheriff Nick Norton.
"This was clearly a planned robbery, although they did make several mistakes, and they showed a great deal of forethought and intent. This was not a spur of the moment thing and it involved more than the ones who entered the store. Due to the violent nature of this attack our office is offering a $1000.00 cash reward for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of any of the persons involved in this case."
"Convenience stores are frequent targets of robberies due to the small size of the stores (the robbers can control it better), the limited number of clerks (usually only one or two), the believed availability of cash money and the late hours many stores keep (which results in fewer witnesses in the stores if any)" Norton said.
"We encourage all our store owners, especially those that handle cash, to be extra vigilant during the holiday season and throughout the year. To the patrons of these stores, please keep your eyes open as well, and if you see something suspicious, say something. Chances are this isn't the first time these four were in that store."