Dollar General robbed at gunpoint Sunday

Published 10:21pm Monday, December 3, 2012

VALLEY GRANDE — Between 7:55 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, the Dollar General in Valley Grande was robbed at gunpoint by a, “lone black male,” according the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department report.

“The suspect was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds and wore blue pants, blue bandanna,” Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said Monday. “He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded the money.”

The suspect was said to have left the Dollar General on foot with an undetermined amount of money and Huffman said he suspects the man had a car waiting nearby.

“He used a handgun, there were no injuries and the case is under investigation at this time,” Huffman said.

This armed robbery comes after two last week that occurred back-to-back. Motes Package Store on Highway 22 West and The Selma Motel were held up by similar suspects, but the Selma Police Department said they did not feel those incidents on Nov. 27 were related.

“The bad thing is there is just an uprising in robberies and thefts this time of year,” Huffman said. “There is more money in the cash registers, there is more Christmas shopping going on and its just the time of the year.”

He said there is always a possibility of the robberies from last week being related to the robbery of Dollar General, but the department will be doing extra patrols to crack down on the retail robberies.

“We are doing extra patrols in the areas. There is no particular night we are doing the partrols,” Huffman said. “The biggest thing is if anyone has any information on this robbery they need to contact Crimestoppers.”

Call the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department at 334-874-2585 or Crimestoppers at 1-866-44CRIME with any information or details about the Dollar General robbery.

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