Masked gunman robs Athens convenience store, ties up employees, places them in freezer


By Joe Johnson

A masked gunman Monday morning robbed an undisclosed amount of cash from a northside convenience store, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The robber, who “restrained" the employees, also stole an employee’s SUV, which police said they found abandoned nearby.

According to a regular customer of the Chevron at 1112 Hull Road, the employees were not only tied up, but were placed into the store’s freezer.

 “I always stop to bet a biscuit, but they didn’t have them this morning," Myra Colquitt told Classic City News.

“The lady that always serves me said a gunman came in, jumped the counter, tied them up and put them in the freezer,” the customer said. “She showed me her wrists where they were tied up.”

In a media release, ACCPD said officers responded to the store at about 3:05 a.m. to investigate a report of the armed robbery.

Police confirmed everything the customer related about the incident, except for the part about employees being placed into the freezer.

Police said the suspect was described as a white male who wore a black and gray jacket with a black hood, gray sweatpants, and a camouflage mask

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Detective Paul Johnson at 762-400-7060 or paul.johnson@accgov.com.

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

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