Convenience Store Robberies Has Authorities Searching For Suspects
JACKSON, Tenn. Two men are accused of robbing a Shell Gas station on Oilwell Road in Jackson and attacking a clerk around 5:45 a.m. Friday. Police said one of the suspects is linked to another convenience store robbery Wednesday. Now, JPD needs help in finding the two suspects responsible for the violent crime.
Surveillance photos show two men dressed in black and blue t shirts, wearing sun glasses, and hats are responsible for an early Friday robbery at the Shell Gas station.
"We learned that the clerk was taking trash out, and while he was outside taking trash to the dumpsters, he was approached by two gunmen," said Jackson Police Department Lt. Tyreece Miller.
That's when Police said the suspects forced the clerk at gun point back inside and straight to the money.
Lt. Miller said, "So they came around the corner with the clerk and he complied with their demands, but even still he was struck in the head with a gun."
What has shocked some residents in the area is the time of day, just 5:45 a.m. in the morning is when the bold suspects allegedly stole cash and cigarettes.
Concerned resident Larry Prince said, " Yeah, that's a safe time especially on a Friday morning. You would think most of the robberies would occur Friday night or Friday morning when people get out of the club or bars."
Police believe at least one of the suspects is linked to another robbery that occurred Wednesday morning at 2:30 a.m.
Surveillance video shows a man dress in the similar attire, worn in Friday's robbery, walking in to the Phillip 66 on Hollywood Drive with a gun Wednesday morning.
Lt. Miller said, " We believe the man who struck him (the clerk) with a gun, he did a robbery earlier this week, and to us it means he's getting more confident."
"I usually thought that the north part of town was the safest part of town to be in, but i guess you cant be too comfortable," said Prince.
With two robberies within two days and two suspects on the loose, JPD said they will beef up patrol in the area.
The clerk was treated and released at Regional Hospital. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Jackson Police Department.