• Police seek public's help to find Dollar Store bandits

    By: Wendy Corona


    GWINNETT, Ga. - Authorities are looking for the men tied to a Dollar Store robbery in Gwinnett County.

    Gwinnett County police are asking the public to take a close look at one man they have on surveillance video.  The clothing he is wearing is similar to the clothing one suspect is wearing in an armed robbery captured in surveillance video at another location.

    Police have reason to believe a clear picture of a man in one store’s video may be one of the men involved in an armed robbery on June 4 at the Dollar Store on South Lee Street.  Twenty-thousand dollars in jewelry and cash was stolen at gunpoint.

    “From the waist down he appears to be wearing the same clothing.  A belt that seems similar, dark jeans and some sneakers that look pretty much like the sneakers we saw in the first video,” said Cpl. Jake Smith with Gwinnett County Police Department.

    Police believe the three men are experienced.  The first suspect shows the gun and police said he told the clerk to keep calm, do as they say and everything will be fine. Police say he even told the clerk that they do this kind of thing all the time.  The man with the gun then directed the others to load the jewelry in a bag they got from the front of the store.  Police say, the men then left the clerk zip tied on the ground and takes her identification, saying it’s for insurance.  One thin black male with dreads kept his face and his right arm hidden.

    “The fact that it was just one sleeve makes us think that it was either an injury or something to disguise maybe a distinct tattoo,” said Smith.

    The other stalky built black man fumbles with his mask before he lets people out and locks the door.  He is who police believe shows up on Hobby Lobby surveillance video.  Clerks there described him as sweaty and nervous.

    “He just kind of looked around more briefly and seemed more concerned with looking out the front windows to see what was going on outside,” said Smith.

    Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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