Investigator Sgt. Donald Elkins said a Birmingham couple traveling through Childersburg had stopped at the store. In the parking lot, a black man in a hoodie approached their car.
“He acted as if he had a gun in the pocket of his hoodie, and he told them to ‘Give me what you’ve got,’” Elkins said. He made away with about $180 in cash.
The case is being investigated as a third-degree robbery. According to Alabama Code Section 13A-8-43, that’s when a person commits theft while using force against a person or threatens the imminent use of force against a person. It’s a Class C felony.
According to a police report about the incident, it happened between 4:55 and 5:05 p.m. Monday.
In another case, Elkins said he’s investigating several fraudulent credit cards that police found in a traffic stop on Dec. 24.
The suspect, a 28-year-old black man whose driver license showed an Alexander City address, was arrested on warrants issued in Tallapoosa County for illegal possession of a forged instrument, and he’s being held there.
In another case, police are investigating the theft of a pickup truck last weekend.
The white 1996 Chevrolet Z-71 extended cab truck was reported stolen from a residence on Mountainview Circle between 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 28.
“The victim said the truck was locked and the keys were not in it,” Elkins said. Though auto theft is rare in Childersburg, Elkins said it was the second case in December.
He said the theft has been entered in the National Crime Information Center database.
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