Armed robbery investigations continue

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

Thomasville detectives continue investigating an armed robbery that took place at the La Acapulquena on Dec. 13. This follows on the heel of two other robberies, both on Dec. 10.
According to a press release, a man entered the bakery at approximately 7:37 p.m., brandished a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and last was seen walking out of the business. A K-9 track was unsuccessful.
The suspect appeared to be Hispanic, between 5 feet and 5 feet 5 inches tall, heavy build and wearing a black toboggan, light grey zippered jacket with a hood, and light colored blue jeans. The victim, Jose Garcia, said  the suspect had gold and silver tinsel wrapped over his mouth and appeared to have drawn dark colored dots on his cheeks to further conceal his identity.
“We do have one lead we’re trying to follow up now,” said Detective Brad Saintsing. “We’re trying to make some identifications. It was a little peculiar in that the victim described [the suspect] as having gold and silver tinsel around his mouth and appeared to have dots on his face.”
Garcia’s wife and 5-year-old child were present during the robbery but were not injured. No customers were inside the business.
Saintsing added that detectives still are investigating leads regarding a pair of armed robberies involving several suspects. On Dec. 10 police responded to two armed robbery calls where two suspects, described as young black men, held up a man on Fife Street and the JL Mart, 214 National Highway. The robberies occurred within hours of each other and detectives believe they may be connected.  
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact detectives at 475-5536 or Crime Stoppers at 476-8477. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to arrests, seizures, or the solutions to serious unsolved crimes. Callers remain anonymous and receive rewards up to $1,000.