Reward offered in Cairo shooting, armed robbery

Published: Jan. 31, 2018 at 5:56 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2018 at 8:19 PM EST
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This camera captured the man going inside (Source: GBI)
This camera captured the man going inside (Source: GBI)
Hud’s Convenience Store, on 5th Street S.E. (Source: Google Maps)
Hud’s Convenience Store, on 5th Street S.E. (Source: Google Maps)

CAIRO, GA (WALB) - The Thomasville Business Action Council announced that the group is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an armed robbery suspect.

"We can't let it take place and we don't want it to spill over into this community or anywhere else," said Jamy Steinberg, GBI Special Agent in Charge.

"He tried to take someone's life and we're not going to tolerate it," said Tommy Patel, Convenience Store Owner.

Law enforcement officials and Thomasville business owners are on the same page - they believe the violence has to stop and the man seen on surveillance video shooting at a store clerk needs to be arrested.

"Hopefully we will get him off the streets so this creep doesn't do this again to someone else," said Patel.

7 seconds is how long GBI agents say it took the man took to run into the store, shoot at a clerk, and leave.

Patel owns 80 stores across South Georgia.

He said an arrest would put his employee's minds at ease.

"All my stores at dark, probably are thinking, having a fear. Is this guy going to show up again?" said Patel.

Patel said money talks and he hopes this $20,000 reward generated by several business owners will help identify this man and get him in custody.

"This is our lively hood this is how we make our living. This is, we get there 4:30, 4 o'clock in the morning, take a break and close up at night," said Patel.

GBI agents tell WALB that the store clerk is in stable condition and recovering.

"He's very lucky to be alive, very very fortunate," said Steinberg.

Through their investigation, they say they have learned that this store clerk was very well known in the community and many folks in Grady County have come forward wanting to help.

"I think that's a testament to his character. For helping people in the community," said Steinberg.

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, a masked man stormed into Hud's Convenience Store, on 5th Street S.E., in Cairo, and shot the clerk, in an apparent robbery attempt.

So far, leads have been scarce in this brutal crime, and no one has been arrested.

Cairo Police Department requested the assistance of the GBI Thomasville field office in solving this crime and arresting the perpetrator.

The criminal was wearing a black jacket, white polo style shirt, red skull cap, and dark-colored gloves.

He ran off after shooting the cashier.

The Bainbridge Department of Public Safety, with a police dog, the Grady County Sheriff's Office, and Georgia State Patrol all converged on the scene to find the culprit, who is still on the loose.

Agents and police are continuing to follow leads, gather and review evidence, and identify any witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the GBI Thomasville Field Office at 229-225-4090, the Cairo Police Department or Grady County 911.

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