CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Convenience store stick-ups are common. But it's unusual for a polite man in his 40s to rob a place where he's known, using his finger as a weapon.
Surveillance from the Citgo Pop Shoppe on Albemarle Road shows an Hispanic man in a floppy hat with a mustache. He had just tried to get money from the ATM inside the store, but came away empty handed.
Next, we see him approach the cashier - a cashier who had seen him many times before, but usually first thing in the morning.
"That's the strange thing about this robbery," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey, "After being there at five a.m., and customers used to seeing him all the time, then all of a sudden he comes in at seven p.m. and robs the place."
It was apparently a crime on the spur of the moment, as he was undisguised and somewhat polite.
"He went over to the employee and said, 'Hey, I hate to do this to you, but I need you to open up the register,'" Officer Roddey said.
About that time, a second clerk wonders what's going on and joins the first clerk behind the counter. He wasn't quite as cordial to her.
"He spoke Spanish to her and said, 'Hey, I've got a gun, I'm robbing the place. Don't call the police."
During the robbery, he pointed and used his finger extensively, as if it was his weapon of choice.
"He implied he had a gun, but he didn't imply that until the other worker came over."
When the cash drawer opened, he helped himself to the big bills, leaving the single dollars alone. But the experience was obviously traumatic for one of the clerks. The expression on her face was unmistakable.
"She definitely was distraught after the robbery took place, and probably (because of) the fact she's seen that guy so many times, and the fact he's coming in a robbing probably shook her up real bad."
He was last seen crossing Albemarle Road toward the Walgreens. Police think he may live nearby and that he needed cash for some reason.
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