Alcoa police search for suspect in armed robbery

ALCOA (WATE) – An unidentified man stole around $250 from an Alcoa gas station market early Wednesday morning.

Sergeant Kris Sanders with the Alcoa Police Department says a man completely covered except for his eyes entered the Aztex convenience store on Louisville Road around 3:00 a.m.

“A male entered the store and demanded cash from the cash register,” said Sgt Sanders. “He entered the store armed with a hand gun that was openly displayed as he came into the store.”

Sgt Sanders says the suspect approached the clerk who was taking a break outside the Aztex.

“After the suspect took possession of the cash, he instructed the clerk to go to the back of the store. He told the clerk to count to a specific number before calling the police. As his attention was distracted the suspect ran out the door.”

The clerk hit the panic alarm and alerted police after the suspect left.

Drivers pumping gas where the Aztex is located say the area is unsafe.

“There’s just so much that goes on around here, thieves,” said Jessica Fuller. “I would never come out here this far away from home that late at night.”

Daniel Johnson says he lives right by the store but doesn’t feel safe.

“I can’t believe they don’t get robbed more,” said Johnson. “Too much drug activities,l too much crime, but it’s a close gas station and it’s convenient so what do you do?”

Sgt Sanders says he wouldn’t call the area unsafe.

“I don’t think I would classify that area as an unsafe area within our city,” said Sgt Sanders. “It’s just unfortunately this particular morning when this happened that’s where it happened at.”

Alcoa Police are asking for help finding the suspect. Sgt Sanders says it is still possible to identify a person even if he is completely covered up. If you recognize his mannerisms or anything else about him you are asked to contact the Detective Rusty Borden at (865) 380-4907. Calls may be anonymous.

The suspect appeared to be white, approximately 5’6 to 5’8, medium build with dark colored eyebrows.


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