Armed robberies may be connected

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

By Melanie Ruberti

LaGRANGE — Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department said an armed robbery at a local gas station may be linked to a similar crime in Newnan.

According to police, one man walked into the Marathon gas station at 1740 Lafayette Parkway about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and robbed the store clerk at gunpoint.

Officers said the store clerk told them a black male walked into the store, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

According to the clerk, he gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and the male walked out of the store.

The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a red baseball cap, glasses and a blue Gap sweatshirt.

Lt. Dale Strickland, head of the LPD Criminal Investigation Section, said detectives spoke with law enforcement investigators from Coweta County. Officials with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office reported a similar crime at QuickTrip gas station off Bullsboro Drive about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

According to Coweta sheriff’s officials, that suspect was also identified as a black male, about 6 feet tall, and last seen wearing a purple baseball cap and grey hooded sweatshirt.

Meanwhile, both agencies continue to follow leads they hope will help them capture a suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.