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Suspect sought in 2nd gas station robbery in 2 days
Man suspected of holding up store on West Ridge Road this morning
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By: Times_Newsroom

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Gainesville police were looking for a man suspected of holding a gas station at gunpoint during a robbery Saturday morning.

Kevin Holbrook, public information officer with the Gainesville Police Department, said the Shell gas station at West Ridge Road and U.S. 129 near Interstate 985 was closed pending the investigation.

"The man entered the store with his face concealed. He immediately brandished a black handgun and demanded all the money in the store," Holbrook said.

"There was one employee in the store. He gave the man an undisclosed amount of money."

Holbrook said the man left the store on foot, headed toward Athens Street. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man, 5 foot 7 inches tall and 140 pounds.

He was wearing black shoes, jeans and a black T-shirt.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office sent a K-9 unit to help find the suspect, said Col. Jeff Strickland, chief deputy with the sheriff's office.

Residents are urged to call 911 if they see the man.

Holbrook said it's not known whether the robbery is connected to one that happened Thursday night at the J&S Food Mart on Thompson Bridge Road. In that case, two black men are suspected of stealing $600. Their faces were covered and they had a small black handgun.

One is described as being approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The other suspect is described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gainesville Police Department at 770-534-5252.