Hispanic businesses target of robberies

Police: one man may be responsible
Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Thomasville police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies at Hispanic owned businesses.

Detectives at 8:51 p.m. Sunday responded to an armed robbery at Taco Corner No.2, 415 National Highway, for the second time in four months. The victim told police that a white man displaying a handgun entered the business and demanded money. The suspect, described as wearing a black ski mask, large black jacket, sky blue plaid pajama pants and dirty white tennis shoes, fled the scene in an unknown direction.

This description, according to Detective Tony Burgess, is similar to the one given by victims at two previous armed robberies at Hispanic owned businesses in December.

“Given the descriptions the victims have given us, it leads us to believe it's the same person,” Burgess said. “All three of the robberies have occurred on the weekend and they're all about the same time frames. Obviously he's going to continue until he gets caught. With the use of firearms, there is the potential that someone could get hurt.”

Police at 7:43 p.m. Dec. 21 responded to an armed robbery at Taco Corner No. 2 where victims said a light skinned Hispanic man entered the business with a handgun and demanded money. The man was described as wearing a black ski mask, large black jacket and red pajama pants with cartoon characters printed on them.

On Dec. 13, a man entered La Acapulquena, 918 Randolph St., brandishing a handgun and demanding money. Victims described the suspect as a light skinned Hispanic man wearing gold and silver Christmas tinsel over his face, a black hooded jacket, a black beanie style hat and blue jeans.

The suspect also had small dots either tattooed or drawn under his eyes, a trait that is consistent in all three robberies. Victims have described the markings as either bags under his eyes, freckles or possibly acne scars.

“In all three of them there is something to do with his eyes,” said Burgess. “One of the victims was adamant that they were freckles, the other said acne scars.”

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Thomasville Police Department at 475-5536 or Crime Stoppers of Thomasville at 476-8477.  


Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.