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Package store heist ends with no arrests

POSTED: January 23, 2009 2:39 p.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

Gainesville Police Department officers secure the scene of an armed robbery Friday afternoon at Star Package Store on Atlanta Highway.

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Police and sheriff’s officers searched without success for a trio of robbers who held up a Gainesville liquor store shortly after noon Friday.

Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said the Star Package store at 1506 Atlanta Highway was robbed at gunpoint around 12:35 p.m. There were no injuries during the robbery.

The store’s owner, an employee and a customer were inside when two Hispanic males and a Hispanic female entered the business and demanded money, Kelly said. The victims handed over the money, and the robbers fled in a red, older Chevrolet Astro van heading out of town, Kelly said.

The two men were armed with handguns; the woman was not, Kelly said.

The robbers appeared to be in their 20s. The woman wore a white, long-sleeved shirt with tassels in front and a brown hat. Both men wore leather jackets and blue jeans, witnesses told police.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Gainesville police at 770-534-5254.



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