Woolsey gas station hit by armed robbers

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 10:41am
By: John Munford

Fayette County sheriff’s detectives are working to identify two men who robbed the gas station in Woolsey Wednesday night and then shot at a citizen who followed them from the scene.

The robbery was reported around 9:15 p.m. and neither the samaritan nor anyone in the store was hurt, said Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah.

Detectives have video of the incident and are working with other agencies to see if the robbers can be identified, Hannah said. It is believed the robbers only got away with cash from the register, and no shots were fired inside the store, Hannah noted.

The two robbers entered the store just before closing time and brandished a weapon, ultimately leaving only with cash from the register. The good samaritan saw them run back to the old fire station behind the gas station where they had parked their getaway vehicle in-between school buses that park there overnight.

As the duo fled on Hampton Road toward Clayton County, the citizen continued to follow the suspects as they took several turns and turned their lights off at times in an attempt to ditch him, Hannah said. Despite the several rounds fired at him, the citizen continued his pursuit a while longer until the robbers eventually lost him, Hannah said.

The getaway vehicle was described as a dark-colored Ford Explorer-type vehicle.

Hannah said the zone officer who covers the Woolsey area normally tries to be nearby during closing time but was tied up with a suspicious person call and thus was not immediately available when the incident occurred.

The first deputy got on the scene about five minutes after the call came in, Hannah said.

Detectives were working with their counterparts in Clayton and Henry counties, particularly with gang specialists, to see if the suspects can be identified.

The sheriff’s crime scene unit worked to collect evidence from the scene last night and went back this morning to comb the area further, Hannah said.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 770-461-6353.

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Submitted by lifeinptc on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 3:54pm.

No matter what their race, it is what it is, tell us so we know to look out for more than one of more than ten thousand explorers with two people inside.

I know those store owners, I'm glad noone was hurt.

Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 1:14pm.

"have video of the incident and are working with other agencies...."

"the good Samaritan....old fire station....schoolbusses.."

"citizen (I assume the Samaritan)) despite rounds fired at him....continued... robbers lost him..."

"zone officer normally tries to be nearby....but...."

"deputy got on...the scene about five minutes after called"

"detectives working...counterparts...gang specialists..."

"crime scene unit worked last night....then again this morning..."

Submitted by lifeinptc on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 3:56pm.

sometimes I just can't follow your train of thought. Would you rather them say? "They got away. We don't know how and don't care."

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 12:20pm.

to chase criminals. I appreciate the effort and all, but next time, think twice...unless my Family is in immediate danger, no chasing for me.

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Submitted by Buckwheat Rules on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 11:18am.

Wow, more criminals found heading back into Clayton Co., imagine that .... say it ain't so?

Let me guess, the description was 2 black males. Wait a minute, that wouldn't be right to make that kind of assumption, would it?

Submitted by flip212 on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 2:48pm.

After such a racist comment...I find your profile photo to be phony!

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 12:21pm.

seen heading toward Clayton County....that must be a typo.

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