2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

Update: A second robbery on April 7 has occurred in Fayetteville in a span of six hours. The first was at a florist on South Glynn Street at 10 a.m. The second was at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Ga. Highway 54 West shortly after 4 p.m. Police believe both robberies were the work of the same man.

Officers responded at approximately 4:20 p.m. to the Rite-Aid on Hwy. 54 West after a man approached a cashier with a purchase and subsequently grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, said department spokesperson Mike Whitlow, The cashier initially fought back until the man told her he had a gun, Whitlow said.

The snatch-and-grab robber then fled the store on foot, with some employees and a customer from the parking lot pursuing him. Those following the man lost him in the wooded area immediately to the west of the pharmacy.

Police officers and tracking dogs with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office canvassed the woods and residential areas near the store. The scent went cold at a nearby driveway where the man might have had vehicle waiting, Whitlow said.

Earlier in the day, mid-morning robbery at Jan’s Florist on South Glynn Street in Fayetteville resulted in no one being hurt after a man entered the store asking for directions then produced a note saying he had a gun and demanding money. Fayetteville Police canvassed the area and are pursuing evidence left at the scene.

The man was described by the co-owners and Whitlow as being a white male 35-40 years of age, 5’10”-6’0” in height, weighing 150-160 pounds and wearing blue jeans and a sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap and sunglasses which he never removed. That description is nearly identical to the one provided by Rite-Aid employees.

Business co-owner Gail Brown said she was in the office when the floral designer came to her at approximately 10 a.m. saying a man was at the counter needing directions to Newnan. Brown said she went to the front counter and began giving directions when the man handed her a folded piece of paper that said, “I’ve got a gun. No funny stuff. Put the money in a bag. Don’t do anything stupid.”

Brown said the man did not produce a weapon, though he had his hand in the pocket of his sweatshirt.

Brown said she turned and showed the note to co-owner Terrie Brown and reached for the cash register, adding that it was then that the man told her not to push any alarm buttons.

Terrie Brown responded to the situation, asking the man, “What’s up, buddy?”

The man responded, saying he had “a sick kid at home.”

“I gave him the money and he ran out the door and behind the store,” Gail Brown said. “I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

The man fled the store with $120-150 running south on Whitney Drive, Whitlow said.

Whitlow said investigators are pursuing evidence left at the scene.

Whitlow added that officers had canvassed the area, discovering that a man wearing sunglasses and acting suspiciously had entered a nearby nail salon approximately 30 minutes prior to the robbery at Jan’s Florist.

Heaton said there is a significant likelihood that the same man is responsible for both robberies.

Anyone with information pertaining to the robbery is asked to contact Det. Mike Whitlow at 770-461-4441.

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WHOA...I'm in shock. Where are the race comments, where are the statistics on crime, where are the "THEY" are coming into "OUR" world comments. Funny how when the person committing the crime is of another race there are lot more comments concerning race in the comments--THAT'S a FACT---You can look in the archive.
This crime is just as violent and done in broad daylight with no fear--brandishing a weapon.
Are we starting to see that people are people regardless of race there are bad people out there.
You must be careful a thug can look just like you--it's what's inside that makes the man. I learned this when I was robbed by a 16 year old white male in Fayetteville. Scared me to death but I learned a valueable lesson that day.
We have a wonderful city/county and there are a lot of outsiders coming in doing very bad things---I just wonder how do we protect ourselves without all the businesses looking horrible with burgular bars and other things.

I'm not on a soap box I just notice something. Next crime done by a non-white and all the 100 comments will be on here about how bad of a race they are--and how horrible they are... and "let's not deny it we know it's them" comments. but oh well.
Stats do matter and I know where the majority may fall but the media is a powerful tool and doesn't catch all--some people out there want what they want and they don't care who they hurt or damage to get it.

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Dawgs -

Look at the ratio of crimes like this in Fayette County committed by non-whites compared to whites, and then get back with me.

What happened yesterday was a rare occurence in Fayette county -

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Joe,
I never said the stats were not important...what I'm saying is no one is on here talking about how dangerous it is to live in Fayette when the crime is done by a white vs. non-white. When in fact it is just as scary if not scarier because this guy had no fear whatsoever--he didn't break in in the dead of night this was prime shopping hours.

All I'm saying is an idiot with a gun and motive can hurt you regardless of his color. Crime is Crime. Now don't get me wrong I'm no dummy saying that the stats are off and young blacks don't commit crime. What I'm saying is we like to genralize and think we all know what the criminal looks like, and if I ask any one to paint a picture of a thug that would rob a drug store in broad day light not many would have put this guy in that picture.
My thing is we all like to live by the words of the good book (whether you believe in it or not) "love your neighbor as yourself" but we all like to pick our neighbors--they must look like us --this goes for black and white.

Fayette is great place to stay and when I read the AJC about Atlanta vs. what's going on in Fayette--give me Fayette any day of the week. We all want our kids to grow up in a safe place, but we also don't want them labeled as a cost to growing up in a safe place.

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Kawfi & Krooks

I think the last guy who tried that got himself shot in Walgreen's!

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GoDawgs1 - You're right

of course.

People do bad things and when they do them to us we aren't wondering where they come from or who they are, we are wondering if we can survive.

We simply have to be prepared for it, reference the 2nd Admendment.

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GodawgS1

It's the right paper-just some folks have been hit with the reality of how they appear to others -and decided not to post this time.

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Davids mom - how they appear to others

That hasn't stopped you from posting here.

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Major Mike

I don't think anyone feels that I was 'for' the racist comments being made regarding crime in Fayette County. It was last year that most posters agreed that citizens here are against CRIME - and not against an entire race of people that Kawfi so inadequately points out in his posts. Do you agree with Kawfi? I think Godawgs1 speaks for most citizens in Fayette. Godawgs statement reflects a fact without the 'race' card. Bad people come in all colors - and making assumptions about the race or residence of a criminal is not wise. (Look at the arrest facts published in this paper). Crime seems to be an 'equal employer' in Fayette. Cudos to law- enforcement!

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Betcha he's from Clayton County!

Who wants to make a bet on where the thug is from?

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RKS - I'll bet

Fulton, double or nothing.

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MISTAKEN IMPRESSION

From some of the comments I've read here - one would think there are no white people left in Clayton County. Interesting. We're in a financial situation where some people are just desperate enough to try something stupid like a holdup in broad daylight. I hope he's caught!!!

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You're right--doesn't matter where he's from--find him and charge him. Now, check out his story about a sick kid and if it's true, find some way to help that family. Hey, that's what we do! But his sorry azz goes in the slammer.

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AHG

Was this incident the reason for the traffic jam this morning on Glenn?

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DMom, Robbery & Traffic

No, that was a Gas leak.