The main suspect in the Friday night robbery of the Family Dollar Store in Walthourville has been apprehended, Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes said Thursday.
Sikes said the suspect’s name is being withheld until more details of the investigation can be disclosed.
According to the incident report, LCSO detectives James Snider and Eric Allen were dispatched to the store at 5579 W. Oglethorpe Highway around 7:30 p.m. Friday. They were assisted by officers from the Walthourville Police Department.
Two employees and one customer were in the store when two men, one of them brandishing what appeared to be an automatic handgun, strolled in.
One of the robbers wore a gray baseball cap, a black jacket and dark jeans, and had a neatly trimmed beard and mustache. The other was wearing dark clothing with a black shirt wrapped around his face. The man with the cap also wore gloves and carried the gun.
One of the suspects ordered the employee at the register to open it while pointing the gun at her. Realizing what was happening, the other employee told the customer about the robbery, and both ran out a rear entrance.
After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the men fled through the front entrance. Outside, the men saw the employee and customer, and fired the gun several times. Detectives have said it was unclear whether the shots were fired at the employee and customer or just as a warning.
According to a press release the LCSO was able to develop leads which idenitfied the suspect. The LCSO issued an arrest warrant Thursday and were able to serve the warrant at a residence in Hinesville without incident.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call (912) 876-4555.