Hinesville police are investigating the late-night Monday robbery of Dunkin’ Donuts, during which an employee was injured.
Hinesville Police Officer Joseph Prince, who responded to the robbery, reported that he arrived at the doughnut shop in the 500 block of West Oglethorpe Highway shortly before 10 p.m. and met two employees, who said they had just been robbed.
The first employee told the officer he was taking out the trash through a rear door when he encountered a man dressed in black with a black shirt wrapped around his face. The man, who appeared to have come from the back of a vacant building adjacent to the doughnut shop, also was carrying a sawed-off shotgun, according to the employee. The worker told Prince the man told him to leave the trash and go back inside.
Meanwhile, the second employee had been filling out paperwork and preparing to close when the first employee and the gunman entered the store. The first employee yelled to the second, who headed from the front to the rear of the store and came
face-to-face with the first employee and the gunman.
As one point, the gunman struck the first employee in the head with the gun, and he fell to the floor.
The gunman ordered the second employee to lie on the floor and told the first worker to open the office or he would shoot the employee on the floor.
According to Det. Doug Snider, the door had to be forced open and the gunman took an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving through the rear door.
According to Snider, the suspect is believed to be in his 20s, between 5 foot, 7 inches and 5 foot, 9 inches and about 200 pounds.
The first employee was treated at the scene and declined to go to the hospital.