Store clerk tied, robbed at gunpoint

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

Only able to use a clothes hanger to dial 911 while tied up, a Suffolk store clerk was robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning.

Suffolk Police are looking for a white male who entered Fashion Cents in the 1400 block of North Main Street at about 9:55 a.m. The suspect displayed a handgun, tied the clerk up and left the store with an undisclosed amount of money, said Lt. Debbie George, police spokeswoman.

Later Thursday afternoon, the store was closed.

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As employees arrived, friends and co-workers hugged the female victim. The employees and victim declined comment.

The suspect is described as a white male in the 30 to 40 age range, 5 feet 2 inches, with short blond hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt and hat. He was operating a newer model, white four-door vehicle, possibly a Buick Century.

Police want to talk to anyone with information on the crime, or if they saw any suspicious activity in the area.

Call the Suffolk Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up to report information.

Detective David Burke is the lead investigator.