According to a police report, the store clerk had just unlocked the front entrance at about 5:30 a.m. when a white male entered pointing a rifle at her and demanding money. The clerk complied with his requests, and the suspect stole $220 before fleeing on foot toward Old Talladega Highway.
The male was wearing a blue bandana over his face, a dark hoodie and blue jeans. His gun appeared to be a typical hunting rifle, Police Chief Chris Carden said. Surveillance video captured the encounter, which lasted approximately two minutes. No was else was in the store at the time.
Police are following leads in the case, Carden said, and ask the public to report any information that could possibly be related.
“It is a popular time to be at that store with people headed to work, and I am very confident somebody saw something,” Carden said. “Even if what they think they saw seems insignificant, we still need the information. Most crimes of this nature are solved through the process of elimination, and we’d like to eliminate anyone that may have been in the area.”
Carden said they hope to resolve the case quickly.
“(The store clerk) didn’t ask to get robbed or have a rifle pointed at her, so we’d like to obviously represent the business that was robbed, but we’d like this clerk to have some peace knowing we got the person,” he said.
The suspect faces a charge of first-degree robbery, which is a Class A felony, punishable upon conviction by 10-99 years or life in prison.
There is no connection between this robbery and the robbery-homicide that occurred at an Ironaton convenience store on the same morning, Carden said.
The last armed robbery in Sylacauga, on June 1 at Game Stop on U.S. 280, resulted in an arrest six days later.