Savin' Haven armed robbery

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News 12 at 11, October 27, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Richmond County Investigators said a man armed with a hand gun entered the Savin' Haven convenience store on Mike Padgett Highway. It happened around 9:30 Thursday night. The robber pointed a gun at both clerks and demanded all the money from the register.

"He was moving it from me to her, from me to her," Crystal Miles said.

She said she was terrified and her whole body went numb.

"I was just scared for my life really and who ever can put someone's life like that in jeopardy, not even care and have no feelings whatsoever, to hold a gun to someone, especially two females, when it's a male taking advantage of two females makes no sense," Miles said.

She said the robber then demanded all the lottery tickets.

"He did say you have 30 seconds or I'm going to blow your head off. He said I'm going to shoot you and he kept on saying we was going to slow," Miles said.

Investigators said these lottery tickets could be the key to solving this crime.

"It's likely that someone who knows this suspect has seen him with all these lottery tickets that you really wouldn't have otherwise," Lt. Scott Peebles said.

Investigators said it's a possibility that the case could be gang related.

"When he was leaving he yelled to the clerk, "Apple Valley" and then an expletive on top of that and obviously to us, that signified that he was possibly claiming the Apple Valley area as a gang," Lt. Peebles said.

The clerks said, the suspect is probably one of their everyday customers.

"He could just probably come in here everyday and just look us in our face and just smile and act like nothing ever happened but its just not right," Miles said.

"We think that someone knows who did this. We think this is a fairly young individual, probably has bragged about what he's done, probably shown it to other people," Lt. Peebles said.

Witnesses said the suspect was fairly young, anywhere from mid to late teens. He is described as a black male, between 5' 5 and 5' 7, 110-120 pounds, with close cut hair. He was last seen wearing a black bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt, and was carrying a black and green bookbag. Investigators said there is a reward in this case for information that leads to an arrest. If you have any information, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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