Suspect sought in Dollar General armed robbery

Sherry Matthews Editor

October 1, 2013

Video evidence from a Sunday armed robbery at the Dollar General Store, located at 707 SE Blvd., Clinton, has Clinton police hot on the trail of a person of interest in the case.

Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said he expected an arrest soon in the case.

“We are on top of this,” Tilley stressed Monday. “Based on video evidence we have developed a person of interest already.”

No one was injured in the incident, but cash was stolen from the register as the armed man went behind the clerk’s counter, demanded money and then forced two female employees to the floor.

The incident happened around 9:30 Sunday night when the man, described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a gray hoodie, entered the store.

According to the police chief, the individual walked around the store like any other shopper and eventually picked up an item and went to the checkout.

At the register, Tilley said, the man produced a small caliber pistol, went behind the counter, forced the employees to hand over the money and then forced them to get on the floor.

The man then fled out the front door.

Tilley said customers were in the store at the time of the robbery.

The incident was recorded on the store’s surveillance camera, and it showed the man had his hoodie up and his head angled down while he was in the store in an apparent attempt to hide from the camera.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Police Department at 910-592-3105.