A robbery early Wednesday morning left a store clerk shaken but not hurt.
In his incident report, Hinesville Police Department Patrolman Travis Probst said he was dispatched to the Exxon Handyland in the 2500 block of E. G. Miles Parkway around 1 a.m., where he found a frightened female employee who told him she had just been held up at gunpoint.
The victim told Probst she had been sweeping the convenience-store floor with her back to the door. When she turned around, a man wearing a black mask pointed a handgun at her.
The armed assailant reportedly demanded money from the cash register. While pressing the weapon into the victim’s arm, the gunman steered the woman behind the counter, where the cash register sat.
At first, he did not go to the register with the employee but stood in front of the counter and tossed her a bag to put the cash in. Eventually, though, the suspect ran behind the counter, demanded the cash and told the woman to keep her hands up where he could see them, preventing her from activating a silent alarm.
Once the woman loaded the bag with cash, the gunman told her to raise the cash-drawer tray so he could check for cash beneath it. He then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money.
The employee summoned police by pressing the alarm when the suspect left.
The woman told police the dark-complected man was between 6 feet and 6 feet, 5 inches tall with a slender build. He wearing a black jogging suit with a hooded shirt, black gloves and white tennis shoes. He may have been in his 20s.