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Hooded bandits sought in store robbery

December 26, 2010

Oktibbeha County sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects who held up a convenience store near the Mississippi State campus late last week.
The Sprint Mart/Shell convenience store at the junction of Blackjack Road and Oktoc Road was robbed by two suspects shortly after 11 p.m. this past Thursday.
Two black males – both wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods covering much of their faces – entered the convenience store about 11 p.m., jumped over the service counter and took an undetermined amount of cash from the two cash registers, said Deputy Shank Phelps on Sunday.
One of the two men pretended to have a weapon – possibly a handgun – but never displayed one, Phelps said.
After emptying the cash registers, the two suspects then fled the store on foot headed south toward Oktoc Road and the nearby 21 Apartments, Phelps said. It is not known whether they may have had a getaway vehicle parked nearby, Phelp said.
The first suspect is described as a black male between 5 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build, weighing between 165 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a rag of some sort over his face with the hood pulled in tight, as well as blue jeans.
The second suspect is described as a black male between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a slim build, weighing between 130 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a rag covering his face and the hood pulled tight. He was also believed to have been wearing blue jeans.
“We’re asking anyone with information about this incident or the suspects to call us or Crime Stoppers,” said Phelps on Sunday.
The description of the suspect in the red hooded sweatshirt from Thursday’s robbery is similar to that of the lone suspect who held up the Down the Hatch Deli/BP convenience store on Russell Street at Gillespie Street on Dec. 18, but Phelps would not confirm that the suspect who robbed the Sprint Mart store may be the same man.
Starkville Police Department detectives have yet to charge a suspect in the Down the Hatch Deli/BP incident.
Phelps did say authorities are investigating similarities between the Sprint Mart robbery and other recent robbery incidents. Starkville Police Department detectives have been notified about the Sprint Mart robbery, Phelps said.
Anyone with information about the Sprint Mart robbery is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-2421 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.

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