Buford market clerk bound, robbed

BUFORD - Police are searching for three Hispanic men who reportedly tied up a Buford food market clerk and tried to rob her store last week.

The bandits hit the Tienda Emanuel Food Market on South Lee Street about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a police report.

The three men bound a female clerk with shoe strings and forced her to the floor. She told police the men are all in their early 20s, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

One man wore blue jeans and a yellow polo, and another wore a khaki polo, she said.

But the heist was probably not as fruitful as the robbers would have liked.

Once they had tied up the clerk, the robbers fumbled with the store's cash register but couldn't open it. As they asked the clerk for the combination, a customer parked outside and the men fled, the report says.

It was unclear how much merchandise the suspects got away with. Police collected numerous items within the store for fingerprinting.

Gwinnett police spokesman Officer David Schiralli said Monday police have not arrested anyone or named suspects in the case.