For the second time in less than a week, an armed gunman has struck a Hinesville business.
According to an incident report filed by Hinesville Police Department Patrolman Jassen Garrett, who responded to a call Wednesday night of an armed robbery at the Yogurt Cafe on Willowbrook Drive, the store clerk told Garrett he had been cleaning the front counter when a man wearing a black hoodie and a white cloth over his mouth and nose brandished a silver revolver and demanded the cash from the register.
The gunman reportedly said to the clerk, “Give me the money, hurry, hurry.”
The clerk said the man took the money from the register and a black bag containing the nightly drop. At one point, the suspect asked the clerk where the store owner was.
The gunman then reportedly ran to the back of the store, where he confronted the owner, who was washing dishes and was unaware of the robbery that had just occurred. The owner told Garrett that he looked up and saw the suspect pointing a gun at him. The assailant reportedly told the owner to open the back door, and he did. Before leaving, the gunman demanded the owner’s glasses, according to the report. Authorities also believe he made off with more than $1,000 as well as the owner’s wallet, which contained his bank cards, driver’s license and checkbook.
There were several customers in the store at the time of the robbery who told police they had seen the gunman sitting in front of another business in the shopping plaza.
Police are looking for a black male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a slim build.