December 21, 2006
AUGUSTA, Ga.---An employee at Augusta Recycling still shaken up after being robbed and assaulted Wednesday morning (December 20). He was tackled from behind while carrying a bag full of money.
The suspect is still on the loose and the victim's co-workers need your help identifying the robber.
Meanwhile, life at Augusta Recycling has been put on lockdown.
"We're not being as open and as trusting as we were," manager John Schweitzer told News 12.
"Only certain people have keys to them now, where they were staying open."
The Gordon Highway business is the latest to fall victim to robbery.
The sheriff's office released surveillance video that shows it from start to finish.
A veteran employee, just back from the morning bank run, was getting out of his car when the suspect quickly approached, wrestled him to the ground, and ran off with loads of cash.
Sgt. Richard Roundtree believes the suspect may have been surveying the scene for days.
"He actually timed his attack, crossed over two lanes of traffic and was actually able to attack the victim before he could get inside the business," Sgt. Roundtree said.
That victim, a 66-year-old man, was too afraid to talk on camera. But he was back at work the following day, battered and a little bruised.
His co-workers are furious.
"He'll never be the same," Schweitzer said. "There's no way you can't remember this forever."
That's why Schweitzer is offering a $1000 cash reward for information that will lead police to the robber.
"I want him," Schweitzer said.
In the meantime, security and scrap metal will go hand in hand.
"I've been here on this corner doing this since '98, and we haven't changed any way that we do it until now," Schweitzer said.
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black skull cap, gray sweatshirt, and dark pants. He is between 5' 6" to 5' 10".
He was last seen yesterday heading towards Dan Bowles Road.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the sheriff's office at 706-821-1045.