Police offer $25K for information leading to arrest of man targeting Ross stores

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police are increasing the reward for information that leads to the arrest of an armed robber they said is targeting Ross Dress for Less stores around Atlanta.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden was at Perimeter Place in Dunwoody, where the last store was robbed May 4 after 9 p.m.. Police said the robber shot his way into the store after it was closed and took off with more than $1,600.

Seiden talked to a store employee off-camera, who said that she and her co-workers are still shaken after their encounter with the man.

Police said the robber, who was caught on surveillance cameras, struck just as the manger was counting money.

No one was hurt, but police believe the man is behind four robberies since August.

Earlier this year, he hit the Ross store in Lawrenceville. He first hit a Gainesville store in August.

In October of last year, he struck a Johns Creek Ross store.


"The dude just shot the door open. Can you please send police?" employees said on the 911 calls. "He shot through the front door because the front door was locked."

Captain Chris Byers with the Johns Creek police said the suspect stole $4,000 from that store.

"Once inside, he confronted an employee that had some money from the deposit and demanded she drop the bag, and he grabbed the bag and fled."

The company that owns Ross is not taking anymore chances. An employee told Seiden that security guards are now keeping a close eye on stores throughout metro Atlanta.

Police have increased the reward for information to $25,000.