Armed robbers strike twice in west part of PTC

Tue, 09/04/2007 - 4:21pm
By: The Citizen

Robbers struck a tire store and a cyclist on the cart path system in the past four days, getting away both times.

In the first incident, Peachtree City police are offering a reward, hoping to solve the armed robbery of a man on the city’s west side cart path system early Saturday morning.

The incident occurred on the cart path near MacDuff Parkway and the Wynnmeade subdivision around 12:30 a.m as an armed man pointed a gun at the victim, who was riding home from work at the time, police said.

The assailant took the victim’s money and ran toward the Wynnmeade subdivision, police said. The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, wearing a white ball cap and dark baggy clothing, police said.

Police are looking into whether criminals are targeting victims who appear to be of foreign descent and don’t speak English well, if at all.

To claim the reward, informants must provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailant, police said. Police may be contacted at 770-631-2510 or at 770-487-7657.

In the second robbery, Peachtree City police are looking for the driver of a red sport motorcycle who robbed the Tires Plus store on the city’s west side, holding an employee at gunpoint early Monday evening.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20s between 5-feet-8-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and either dark shorts or pants, police said. He may have left the area on the red sport motorcycle, police said.

When the robber entered the store just after 6 p.m. Monday, he demanded money from an employee, removed a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the employee, police said.

The robber fled the store on foot and ran toward the Camden apartment complex, police said.

A reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman, police said.

Call the police department at 770-631-2510. Callers may remain anonymous. Police were assisted by a Fayette County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and a State Patrol helicopter unit.

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