The unknown man is accused of first trying to break into the Canton Package Store at 1769 Canton Road at 4:30 a.m. but was unable to gain entry because the store was closed. He then reportedly went into the Blackwell Chevron gas station at 3349 Canton Road at 7:50 a.m. Armed with a dark handgun, he demanded money from the cashier, and again at 10 a.m. made the same demand at the Chevron Food Mart at 288 Powers Ferry Road.
He reportedly took an unknown amount of cash from two of the three stores but none of the cashiers were hurt.
The suspect is described as an Asian man, 25 to 35 years old, between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8 and weighing between 140 and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket driving away from one of the scenes in a silver four-door 2009 Honda Accord that has a large dent on the passenger side rear quarter panel.
“If you know who he is or his whereabouts, please call 911,” said Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police Department.
His department is investigating the Powers Ferry Road incident and Cobb Police are handling the other two cases.
“The point of concern is that he has committed three felony acts within a several-hour time frame, so if this violence continues it could escalate,” Baldwin said. “We do not want anybody to approach him.”
Police have video footage of the crime locations and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Freer with Marietta Police at 770-794-5477 or call the Marietta Police Anonymous Tip Line at 770-794-6990.
Store owner: Suspect hesitated before robbery>
Osman Boka, the store manager at Blackwell Chevron, saw surveillance video of the suspect outside of his store off Canton Road near the intersection of Blackwell Road in northeast Cobb.
“The guy was here hanging around outside the back of the store for about an hour,” Boka said. “It looked like he was hesitating because if you see him on the (surveillance video), he’s getting in and out of his car like he was nervous.”
When he eventually went inside the store, Boka said his cashier asked the suspect if he was waiting on somebody as he wandered around.
“He said, ‘No, can I buy a lottery ticket?’” Boka said.
The suspect reportedly asked for a $20 lottery ticket and when the store attendant returned back to the register to ring up the ticket, the man had a gun pulled and said, “Give me all your money.”
Boka said his cashier, who has not returned to work and could end up taking a few days off as a result of the incident, was ordered to lie on the ground until the suspect was out of the store.
“When he was gone, the cashier got up and called 911,” Boka said.
Boka said in his 11 years with the gas station, this is the first time an armed robber as stolen money from the store.
“That has never happened here before,” he said. “That’s definitely a first.”