Media release: Calhoun Police are looking for a man who held up two Dollar General employees at gunpoint around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say it is possible the suspect has robbed other area stores, including Rome.
Officers responded to the call of an armed robbery at 634 Oothcalooga St. on the west side of Calhoun. Two male employees told officers they had closed the store and were walking out to their cars to leave when a black male suspect with a silver, semiautomatic handgun approached them and told them to give him the money.
One of the employees reached into his wallet and pulled out $80 and gave it to the suspect. The man then ordered both employees back into the store.
The employees were then told to silence the alarm and to open the safes. An employee told the suspect it had a time lock and would not be open for nine minutes. The suspect made the employees get on the ground as they waited for the safe to open.
The suspect made one employee empty the cash drawers into a Dollar General recycle bag. After the safes opened, they were ordered to empty the contents of the safe into another Dollar General recycle bag.
He then forced the employees into the office and told them to wait. The suspect took the store phone and both employees’ phones, and fled.
The employees waited until they felt it was safe and then called 911.