Police seeking robbery suspect

December 1, 2012

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An armed robbery suspect who took about $800 in cash from the register at Gold & Silver Buyers Tuesday afternoon is still being sought by Granbury Police, Deputy Chief Alan Hines said Thursday afternoon.

Hines said a male employee at the business, next to H-E-B on Highway 377 East, told investigators that he was behind the counter when a slender African-American man entered the store with a knife at about 3 p.m.

The suspect was wearing a toboggan, a gray hoodie and black pants, Hines noted. A photo of the suspect, along with a possible suspect vehicle – both obtained from security cameras – were released by the police Thursday. The picture of the suspect was taken inside another store near Gold & Silver Buyers, where the suspect made a purchase.

Hines said that if anyone has a tip to give investigators, call the police at 817-573-2648. He warned that if the suspect is spotted, he should not be approached.

Hines said the possible suspect car is a black Nissan, but it was uncertain whether it was a Maxima or an Altima.

Of the weapon shown, Hines said, “It was described as a knife. It’s probably going to be a pocket knife.”

After the suspect presented the knife and suggested that the employee should leave, the employee went into H-E-B and called 911, according to Hines.

“From what I understand, he had it (the knife) in his hand. (The employee) didn’t see it until the guy was close to him,” Hines said. “He just showed it and said something like ‘You don’t need to be here.’ ”

Hines said there is no age estimate of the suspect. It’s not known if he left in the Nissan or fled on foot, Hines said.

From the point that the employee left the store, details are even less clear.

It was believed that the suspect was headed in the general direction of nearby Prosperity Bank, at 3900 Highway 377 East. However, Hines said, no one at the bank said they saw the man matching the suspect’s description.

Initially the employee was shaken by the ordeal, but on Thursday Hines said, “I think he’s okay. He went back to work the next day.”

Hines cautioned that this time of year can be dangerous.

“This is the time of season thieves and robbers of this type will be more prevalent, especially at retail stores,” Hines said. “People need to be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to details of people because you never know.”

[email protected]|817-573-7066, ext. 254

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