Gunmen wearing surgical masks rob store in west Athens


O'Reilly Auto Parts on Hawthorne Avenue

By Joe Johnson

A pair of gunmen wearing surgical masks robbed a westside business Wednesday night, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

At about 9:15p.m., the robbers entered O’Reilly Auto Parts at 230 Hawthorne Ave. And at gunpoint ordered two employees to get down on the floor, according to a police incident report.

The suspects then moved the employees to the back of the store and stole an undisclosed anount of money from a safe and cash register before fleeing in a small gray car, according to the report,

In a Thursday afternoon media release police described the robbers as black males who wore blue surgical-type masks, one of whom wore black or dark clothing and a hoodie with the hood up.

Police requested that anyone with knowledge of this crime or the involved suspects to contact Detective Scott Black at (762) 400-7058, or scott.black@accgov.com.

A Crime Stoppers reward is being offered to anyone providing information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspects.

Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at (706) 705-4775.

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