By BRIAN HAWKINS
Starkville Police Department detectives have released images of the suspects in last weekend’s convenience store taken from security surveillance video footage.
Some images depict the two suspects entering the Down the Hatch Deli shortly before 1:30 p.m. last Sturday after the clerk — suspicious the two were about to rob the store — fled to call authorities.
One suspect was described as a heavyset male wearing a dark plaid shirt, dark jeans and white shoes.
The second suspect was described as a taller male with a slim build wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, light jeans and dark shoes.
Other images show the suspect in the plaid shirt reaching over the service counter to take money from the cash register.
Police detectives continue to seek leads on the identities of the two suspects.
The robbery was reported at 1:33 p.m. Saturday at the Down the Hatch Deli/BP convenience store at 405 Russell St. across from the Cotton Crossing shopping center.
According to Starkville Police Department reports, the male clerk was standing outside the store’s entrance and saw the two male suspects approaching from the south end of the building, which faces Gillespie Street.
The clerk reported seeing one of the suspects carrying a backpack and the other suspect was carrying a garbage bag.
Both used the bags to conceal their faces, the clerk told police.
A female witness corroborated the clerk’s description, said SPD Sgt. Chadd Garnett on Monday.
Believing the two men were there to rob the store, the clerk ran from the store on foot and called E-911 operators, police reports state.
The clerk’s suspicions proved correct.
The two suspects entered the store and took an unspecified amount of cash before fleeing south from the store on foot.
The exact height, approximate ages and ethnicities of the two suspects were still under investigation, and it is not known whether the two suspects may have been armed, said Garnett.
Anyone with information about the Down the Hatch Deli/BP robbery is encouraged to call Garnett at the Police 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 leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.