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Police: Macon, Perry convenience stores robbed by same person

PERRY -- A man who robbed a Perry convenience store crowded with customers Monday is the same person who robbed a Macon convenience store the previous day, an investigator said Tuesday.

“It’s the same guy,” Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.

The Circle K at 1505 Sam Nunn Blvd. in Perry was robbed at 9:28 a.m. Monday. The Flash Foods at 3889 Vineville Ave. in Macon was robbed at 8:54 a.m. Sunday.

The suspect wore similar clothing, and the robberies both occurred in the early-morning hours, Dykes noted.

The suspect was described as a stout black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, and between 180 and 200 pounds.

In the Macon robbery, he was wearing a navy blue wool ski hat, a blue facial covering with a white design and black gloves, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release. The suspect also had on a navy blue short-sleeved shirt with pockets, black sweat pants and Converse shoes.

In the Perry robbery, he was wearing the same ski hat and blue bandana, a black T-shirt and black pants, Dykes said.

No one was hurt in either robbery.

In Perry’s robbery, the man walked into the convenience store that was “full of people” and wielded a gun, Dykes said.

“That’s kind of brazen,” he said.

The man then ordered the two clerks to empty both cash registers and fled the store on foot with the cash, Dykes said.

The man was tracked by police dogs to a mobile home park behind the Perry convenience store, but the trail ended there. Dykes said he thinks the man had a vehicle waiting for him at the mobile home park and left in it.

In the Macon robbery, the man walked into the store with his hand under his shirt -- possibly concealing a firearm, police said. He demanded money from the cashier and fled on foot towards Forest Hill Road with the cash.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Perry police at 478-988-2821, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the on-call investigator, or leave anonymous tips with Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.