MANOR — A man dressed all in black with his face partially covered slowly walked into a convenience store on the Valdosta Highway here early Tuesday morning, brandished a semi-automatic pistol, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register before walking out and fleeing on foot, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The male clerk was not injured but was disturbed by the incident. Royal said the man pressed the gun against the clerk’s back while he put money from the cash register into a brown paper bag as ordered by the robber.
He was described as a “soft-spoken” white male, 6 feet tall with short, stubby facial hair wearing a black long-sleeved T-shirt, black pants, sunglasses, black gloves and black hat, said Royal.
The clerk told Ware County deputies he was standing inside the store to the right of the front door when he saw the man approaching from the left side of the building. There were no customers in the store, Royal said.
“The man walked into the store, pulled out his pistol and pointed it at the clerk as he commanded him to put his hands in the air,” said Royal. “The clerk followed the robber’s commands and opened the register, the robber following closely behind him, holding the gun in his back. He said he could feel the brunt of the barrel against his back.”
The robber then searched around under the counter to see if there was any more money to be found, put the brown bag in his pants and “calmly walked out. The clerk said he immediately turned to his right (toward the direction of Waycross), turned behind the building and left.”
Sgt. Michael Ray arrived with his tracking dog, Thor, and trailed the man’s footsteps across the railroad tracks and onto Suwannee Chapel Road where the trail was lost.
“We believe at that point he got into a vehicle and left the area,” said Royal.
Deputies Ethan Murray, Sgt. Robert Weekly, Sgt. Ray and Detective Hope Salinas arrived within four minutes of the call, Royal said.
Anyone who may have information on the 8:42 a.m. robbery or the identity of the man is asked to call the Ware County Sheriff’s Department at 287-4327 or call 911.