LILBURN - Police are investigating two Sunday night armed robberies, one of which may be connected to a rash of similar unsolved robberies.
Sgt. Tyler Thomas, spokesman for the Lilburn Police Department, said a man entered the CVS Pharmacy on U.S. Highway 29 at Harmony Grove Road around 9:30 p.m., wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black mask.
The man brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, Thomas said.
He then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Thomas said the suspect's behavior and description matches that of the the perpetrator in two separate incidents - a Citgo station on Rockbridge Road and a Marathon convenience store on Arcado Road - that occurred last month.
Police believe that all of the robberies may have been committed by the same suspect, who might also be connected to prior robberies at the Public Storage on Indian Trail Road and other Public Storage locations in DeKalb County, Thomas said.
A GBI sketch of a suspect, a black man with a slender build, was recently released to media outlets in the area, but no one has contacted police with information leading to an arrest.
Thomas hopes more media attention will help bring the suspect or suspects to justice.
As for the second incident on Sunday, a Wendy's restaurant on U.S. 29 near Arcado Road was robbed by two black men wearing dark clothes and masks about an hour earlier, Thomas said.
The two suspects, one of whom was carrying a handgun, were nearly caught by police, as officers arrived on the scene approximately 30 seconds after the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
"We were very close behind them, and they dropped some of the money when they were escaping," Thomas said.
A witness who was at the drive-through, as well as another in the parking lot, both called 911 when they were alerted to the robbery in progress, Thomas said.
The witness at the drive-through was told by an employee about the incident, and the woman in the parking lot found out through her son, who was told at the door to leave and saw the men robbing the restaurant.
The two men, whose identities and descriptions are unknown, are still at large.
Thomas said police are not ruling out the possibility that both Sunday night robberies were connected.
Anyone with information leading to the arrests of any of the suspects is asked to call the Lilburn police at 770-638-2220.