Tallassee PD searching for robbery suspects

Published 9:02am Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Griffin Pritchard
Tallassee Tribune

The Tallassee Police Department is currently on the hunt for a trio of individuals involved in separate incidents in Elmore and Tallapoosa counties.

Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers said a white male entered Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, located on Gilmer Avenue, just after 7 p.m. Tuesday claiming to be armed with a firearm.

“He produced a badge and demanded money from the register,” Rodgers said. “He was seen by another employee (of Acapulco) who came toward the front and the white male bolted. As officers were canvassing the area, there was a report of an attempted carjacking incident at Walmart around 8:45 p.m.(The same white male) confronted a white female and attempted to carjack her vehicle. When other citizens approached him, he fled again and ran behind the Winn Dixie/Walmart shopping center.”

Rodgers said the local tracking dog, along with Kilby Prison’s tracking dogs have been brought in and are canvassing the area behind the stores.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot, white male with dark hair and a receding hairline. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans, according to a Facebook post from the Tallassee Police Department Wednesday morning

On the other side of the river, around 9 p.m. Tuesday there was an armed robbery in East Tallassee.

“Two black males entered the Dollar General, both armed, and demanded Money,” Rodgers said. “They jumped over the county and took possession of an unknown amount of money and fled from the business on foot. At this point, we are tracking those individuals.”

One of the suspects was reportedly wearing a black hoodie and Chicago Bulls Starter jacket, but there was no description of the second suspect.

While the timing seems to indicate coordination, Rodgers added that there is currently no evidence that the crimes are tied together.

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