THOMASVILLE — The victim of a Tuesday night convenience store robbery encountered the suspect again on her first day on a second job.

The woman was on the job at AJ’s Home Cooking, 608 North Boulevard, about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon when a man who robbed her the night before walked in.

The two made eye contact. The victim immediately recognized the would-be restaurant customer as the person who robbed her about 9 p.m. Tuesday at Flash Foods, 2667 E. Pine Tree Blvd., where she is a clerk.

“The suspect stops and is startled and recognizes she is the clerk,” said Capt. Troy Rich, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

The man went to the parking lot. The clerk followed. The suspect got into a truck. The victim got a tag number, a vehicle description and called police.

Police learned Wednesday a truck might be involved in the Flash Foods robbery, said Toby Knifer, a TPD detective.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood around the restaurant, but did not come up with the truck or suspect.

Within 15 minutes, however, the truck, a white 1990 Chevrolet 1500, was found behind a building in the 500 block of Cassidy Road.

The pickup was stolen in Dothan, Ala. The tag on the truck was stolen from a Thomas County vehicle.

An Alabama tag found by a local resident and turned over police was sold to the truck’s owner.

“There was evidence in the truck that connected him to the second robbery on Smith Avenue,” said Rich, who would not discuss what was found.

The suspect wore a trench coat in the Tuesday night robbery.

At 6 a.m., the first customer at Quick Buys, 501 Smith Ave., wore a blue hard hat and robbed the clerk.

A weapon was not produced in either incident, but the suspect in the first incident indicated he had a firearm in his jacket.

In both robberies, the suspect took money. Also in both, the clerks were the only personnel in the stores, and no customers were present.

The suspect was described as black, 40 to 50 years old, tall, slim and having a gray-flecked beard.

Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is asked to call Crimestoppers at (229) 227-3305. Callers will remain anonymous.

Rich said awards are available to Crimestoppers callers who provide information that leads to an arrest.



Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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