Sunbury store robbed at gunpoint

Published 12:47 pm Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SUNBURY — The Gates County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a Sunbury convenience store on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Chief Deputy Billy Spruill reported that a black male, wearing a ski mask, entered the Holiday Foods store at 9:58 p.m. bearing a weapon. “The cashiers told us that it (the weapon) was a long gun, so we don’t know if it was a rifle or a shotgun,” Spruill said. At the time of the robbery, Spruill said there were no customers in the store, which closes at 11 p.m. “It was just the two cashiers,” Spruill said. “The suspect entered the store and demanded money.” The cashiers followed that order, handing over an undisclosed amount of cash. Neither cashier was injured in the heist, just “scared out of their wits” according to Spruill. Spruill said the only description of the suspect was that he was a black male, wearing a blue ski mask and dark clothing. It is not known if he left the store’s parking lot on foot or had a vehicle parked nearby. “The cashiers were able to determine that the suspect was a black male because they could see the area around his mouth in the opening of the ski mask,” Spruill said. “They also noted that the suspect had a moustache.” Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 252-357-0210.