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By BRIAN HAWKINS
Starkville police are actively searching for the suspect who held up a convenience store on South Louisville Street at noon Tuesday.
Police were notified of the robbery at the B-Quik/BP store at the intersection of South Louisville Street and Lynn Lane when a call was made to E-911 operators at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.
The suspect entered the store wearing blue jeans and a blue hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the front. He had a bandanna covering his face.
Brandishing what police described as a semiautomatic handgun, the suspect, described as being 6 feet tall, robbed the store of an unspecified amount of cash and fled on foot, heading south.
Police Department detectives could not confirm whether the suspect ran toward an apartment complex located directly across Lynn Lane from the convenience store.
The convenience store was shut down immediately after the incident and remained closed into the mid-afternoon hours.
Nearby, Starkville Academy was placed on lockdown for nearly an hour as police officers searched the immediate vicinity around the convenience store looking for a suspect.
The investigation into the robbery is continuing, police said.
SPD detectives are asking anyone who may have seen anyone suspicious or who has information about the incident to contact the department at 323-4131 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 results in an arrest in this case or any felony crime.
Tuesday's holdup at the B-Quik/BP store is the second armed robbery to occur inside the city limits within a week.
A week ago today, a suspect held up the McDonald's restaurant located at the Spirit convenience store on Highway 12 West. Police have charged a Houston man in connection with that robbery.