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Two businesses robbed at gunpoint
'Unusual' incidents may be connected
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Forsyth County News

Anyone with information about the business robberies or home invasion can call the sheriff’s Crime Stoppers hotline at (770) 888-7308. Callers may remain anonymous.
Two armed robberies that occurred within days of each other last week may be connected, Forsyth County Sheriff's investigators said.
Sheriff’s reports show the incidents occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at businesses south of Cumming.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said there is some evidence indicating that at least one suspect participated in both robberies.

“This is very unusual,” Moss said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had an armed robbery at a business.”

He said the sheriff’s office is working with neighboring jurisdictions on both cases, the second of which occurred Thursday at a Chevron store on Buford Highway.

According to a sheriff's report, a clerk reported that she was cleaning the bathrooms when three men entered, “grabbed her and took her to the back of the store and asked where the safe was.”

She told them it was in the front, but she could not open it. They then took her up there and emptied the cash registers.

In the report, she noted that "the man with the long gun continued to say open the safe and she told him she couldn’t.” They then took various items, including cigarettes, cigars and candy, as well as the clerk’s cell phone.

“The cashier then said she heard three gunshots from outside, and the men all left out the front door and went right and out of sight,” according to the report.

Deputies noted that a new pack of peach-flavored cigars and an assortment of lottery scratch-off tickets were found outside the business.

The first incident occurred Wednesday at Waffle House on Bethelview Road, where two employees reported that they had been robbed by two men with guns.

One suspect was described as tall and stocky, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a bandana on his face. He was said to be “carrying a long gun.”

The other suspect was described as being small and thin, wearing a gray shirt and jeans with a cloth on his head.

According to the report, one of the suspects jumped over the counter and went into the back office. The other suspect approached her “and told her to get the money out while showing her his gun."

He then said, “I’m not going to hurt you if you put the money in the bag.”

The other employee reported that he was in the back of the business when the suspects entered. He said one of them held him at gunpoint and said, “Open the safe or I’ll kill you.”

After the employee explained he couldn’t open the safe, the suspect escorted him to the front of the store with a gun to his back, the report said.
The suspects then left with cash from the register.

In addition to the armed robbery suspects, authorities are still seeking four men in connection with an Aug. 13 armed home invasion in the Geneva Woods subdivision.

According to reports, the suspects were masked, spoke Spanish and wore blue jeans, work boots and gloves that “looked like socks.”

One of the men was described as very short and another had a belt buckle that resembled the Superman “S” logo.