Possible connection between Knox County Dollar General, Rocky Top Market robberies

(Photo: KCSO)
(Photo: KCSO)

POWELL (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office believes two robberies in the area are connected. The robberies may have the same suspect.

(Photo: KCSO)
(Photo: KCSO)

An armed robbery happened at Rocky Top Market Wednesday morning at 308 East Emory Road in Powell around 4:17 a.m. The suspect demanded money and said he had gun. However, the employee took out a gun and shot at the suspect.  It is not known if the suspect was hit. The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle.

On Tuesday, a Dollar General was robbed around 9:43 p.m. at 1923 East Raccoon Valley Road. The suspect threatened the cashier that he had a gun and demanded money. However, he never showed the weapon. Investigators say the suspect fled on foot with an unknown amount of money.

The suspect is believed to be between 5-feet-10 inches and 6-feet, weighs around 250-270 pounds and has a beard. He was last seen wearing a black hat, blue sweatshirt, grew sweatpants and white tennis shoes.

If anyone has information, contact the KCSO at 865-215-2243.

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