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Suspect sought in two armed robberies along McFarland Parkway
The suspect in the two armed robberies that have occurred at gas stations on McFarland Parkway over the past month is fond of track suits. - photo by For the FCN


Anyone with information on the suspect in the armed robberies should call Forsyth County Sheriff’s Detective M. Christian at (678) 513-5920 during normal business hours. After hours, call (770) 781-3087.

SOUTH FORSYTH — Authorities are looking for an armed man who has robbed two gas stations at McFarland Parkway/Exit 12 off Ga. 400 in the past month.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Chevron at 765 McFarland Parkway near Union High Road was robbed Wednesday night. On Oct. 7, the RaceTrac gas station at 915 McFarland was hit by the same person.

In both armed robberies, the suspect is a black man believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s. He is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 170 and 200 pounds.

Video surveillance footage shows him wearing a red Nike track suit in the RaceTrac robbery, which occurred about 10 p.m., with white stripes going down the sides of the arms and legs. He was also wearing a black “beanie” cap and black tennis shoes.

In the Chevron robbery, he is dressed exactly the same, only the track suit is green. This second robbery occurred about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“I don’t know if he was trying to be obvious or not, but he purchased those two track suits somewhere,” said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

At the RaceTrac, there appeared to be a customer in the store when the suspect came in. He did not take anything from that man. And he did not physically harm anyone in either store.

According to video surveillance footage of the robbery, there were two employees behind the counter giving him money from registers as he waved a gun around.

One employee was shown behind the counter in photos taken from Chevron video surveillance.

He received undisclosed amounts of cash at both locations and cigarettes and cigars at the Chevron because he seemed to be close enough to grab them, according to Rainwater.

He said the suspect came into the stores from the side and rear of the buildings, approaching on foot.