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Second robbery at pawn shop
Police not sure if crimes related
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Anyone with information is asked to call Cumming police at (770) 781-2006.

For the second time in less than two months, authorities are investigating an armed robbery at a Cumming pawn shop.

According to a Cumming police report, a 23-year-old employee of Georgia Auto Pawn on Canton Road told authorities her purse was stolen Monday while she was trying to lock up the store.

Cumming Police Chief Mike Eason said Wednesday that officers are still gathering information and looking for suspects.

"That's the second time they've been hit," he said. "We're seeing if there are any similarities in the two."

Eason said an employee was robbed in November.

According to a report of Monday's incident, the woman told the investigating officer the male suspect was wearing a black or dark-colored, long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

She was attempting to lock up the business for the night when, the report said, he "walked up behind her and placed a blunt object in her back."

The woman said she dropped her purse and the suspect picked it up and took off running toward the Ingles grocery store on Canton Road.

According to the report, the purse was worth about $15, but contained more than $1,000 cash.

In the November incident, a suspect walked up to an employee from behind and demanded money. Reports said the employee was not sure if the suspect was armed, but he left with an undisclosed amount of money.

In the most recent incident, the suspect was described as a dark-skinned man, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 to 175 pounds. He was dressed in black and wearing a sports cap.