LILBURN - Police are looking for a Hawaiian shirt-clad man caught on videotape Monday night robbing a Dollar General store at gunpoint.
"We don't have any leads yet, but we are hopeful that based on the television media coverage, someone will recognize the suspect and give us some indication as to his identify," said Lilburn police Sgt. Tyler Thomas.
The information can take days to trickle in, the police spokesman said.
"Sometimes people live elsewhere and they call their local police department with information, and that department has to call our detectives," Thomas said.
The robbery occurred about
9 p.m. Monday as workers were preparing to close the discount store at 5570 Lawrenceville Highway.
The suspect, a heavyset black man wearing a Hawaiian-style shirt with a collar, approached the two women with a small handgun and ordered them to the back of the store, police said.
After demanding money from the store safe, he told them to remain in the back of the store and fled with a small amount of cash, police said.
Police do not know if he left the scene on foot or by vehicle. Once the employees were confident the robber had left, they called police, Thomas said.
Television news stations were able to record the store video and broadcast images of the robbery. Still photos of the robbery are not yet available to run in newspapers, Thomas said.
Based on the video, the robber appears to be of average height with a light beard and mustache. He also appears to be in his mid-30s.
Police do not believe the suspect has been involved in other armed robberies in metro Atlanta but cautioned that could change as the investigation continues.
Thomas said the victims did the right thing by cooperating with the gunman.
"While it was a very frightening event for the victims, it was a positive outcome in that no one was hurt," he said.