CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A violent man hits a woman to steal what he wants. It happened early in the morning inside a Circle K on Idlewild Road.
"We're talking six o'clock in the morning," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey. "Normally when people go into the gas station they're getting a coffee, newspaper, getting ready for the day."
On surveillance video, we see a female clerk minding the store. But she's got her back turned to the door and doesn't see a man in a striped hat rushing up behind her.
He tells her he wants money - and wants it now.
She opens the cash drawer, but there's not much there. She then points to some rolled coins on the floor. That apparently makes him angry. He grabs her and cuffs her across the face.
"After he punches her, he grabs her keys and cell phone, which were sitting close by," Roddey said.
Unfortunately, at that moment, a customer wanders in during the robbery. He's told to hand over his wallet and sit down.
"He gave the guy his wallet," Roddey said, "And then he tells him to go around and get those cigarettes he pointed to."
He not only gets them, this unlucky customer, who didn't want to show his face, has to climb up the shelves to find a carton on Newports.
And this strong armed robber isn't finished. Remember, he's got the clerk's car keys.
"When he leaves, he goes directly to her car and he rummages through her car. I don't know why he didn't take it, but he didn't" Roddey said, "But he went through her car and then left."
However, he did get her cell phone and the customer's wallet, not to mention the cash from the register.
If you were near the Circle K on Idlewild Road about 6:30 a.m. on April 1, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 and let them know what you know. You might be in line for a fat reward.