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Gunmen rob Statham convenience store

STATHAM - Two men robbed a Statham convenience store at gunpoint Sunday, the first armed robbery in the city in more than two years.

Statham police Sgt. Thomas Hinson said two black men wearing black jackets and black pants with handkerchiefs over their faces entered the Circle K at 2059 Atlanta Highway around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The men held the store's clerk and two customers at gunpoint, Hinson said, and demanded that the clerk empty the cash register. They took between $150 and $200 from the register and some cigarettes, Hinson said.

The men spent one minute and 20 seconds in the store before fleeing on foot to a blue General Motors passenger car, he said.

Police are analyzing video surveillance footage, and Hinson said they have three suspects. Three men who match the suspects' descriptions were arrested Monday in Athens-Clarke County following two other robberies in the area, Hinson said, but Athens-Clarke Lt. Clarence Holeman did not return a phone call seeking more information about the suspects.

No one was injured in the robbery, Hinson said.

"It's the first armed robbery we've had in the two years I've been here," he said. "This is not common."

Hinson said the Statham Police Department is actively seeking public input about the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-725-5992.