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Armed robber targets Verizon store for the second time this month

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Armed robber targets Verizon store for the second time this month

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

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Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

For the second time this month, the Verizon store on West Ponce de Leon has been the target of an armed robbery.

Officers responded to the call at 8:38 p.m. Decatur Police said that on Friday evening, Dec. 22, a man posing as a customer walked into the store.

“Employees reported a man entered the store and asked if they had phones,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The employees then heard the sound of a round of ammunition being chambered into a handgun and the suspect ordered the employees to the rear of the store and stated, ‘You know what this is.’ The suspect took an undetermined amount of cell phones and left through the front door and entered a red vehicle, possibly driven by a second suspect. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-30 years old, approximately 5’9”, slender build wearing a burgundy hooded sweatshirt, skull cap, wool gloves, boots and baggy pants and armed with a handgun. No employees were harmed.”

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It’s not clear if the incident is connected to one that happened earlier in the month. Armed robbers attempted to enter the store on Dec. 5.

“A Verizon employee reported he was taking out the trash when he was approached from behind by two unknown men who attempted to force their way into the store,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said of the Dec. 5 incident. “The employee was able to pull the door closed and lock the door.”

Ross provided descriptions of the two suspects in the Dec. 5 incident.

#1: Black male, approximately 5’11”, slender build, dark complexion, light eyes wearing a black bandanna across his face, black beanie hat, black hoodie and black pants, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

#2: Male of unknown race, approximately 6’01”, slender, brown eyes with long eye lashes, wearing a  black bandanna across his face, and a black hoodie with a colorful logo on the front consisting of red, green and yellow.

“The suspects fled the area in a white Dodge sedan, a Charger or Avenger, being driven by a third suspect,” Ross said. “The Verizon employee was not injured.”

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