Hinesville police are seeking the public’s help in solving a strong-arm robbery that occurred last week at Parker’s convenience store.
Officers were dispatched to the gas station and store at 903 W. Oglethorpe Highway just before 4 a.m. July 7.
The clerk reported that while she was cleaning, the suspect was able to sneak into the store unseen and hide in the back office. When the clerk entered the office area, the suspect grabbed her and escorted her to the cash register, which he had her open and hand him the money.
The suspect walked the clerk outside the store and when they reached the parking lot, he turned her around and walked her back inside. The suspect released the clerk at the entrance of the store and had her grab a case of beer for him.
When the clerk turned around to give the suspect the beer, he already had fled the scene.
Hinesville police Detective Joshua Heath arrived at Parker’s to process the scene. Upon reviewing the surveillance video from the store, the suspect was seen entering the store and then sneaking behind the front counter, crawling on his hands and knees, before going to the back office.
The suspect grabbed several cartons of cigarettes before going to the back office. The cartons of cigarettes were left on scene once the suspect fled. They were dusted for fingerprints and prints were lifted from the cigarette cartons.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 175 pounds, wearing a grey tank top, light jeans shorts and a ball cap with a black T-shirt draped over it.