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Bandits swipe beer, lottery tickets in Suwanee heist

SUWANEE - Five bandanna-clad robbers remain at large after they targeted a convenience store Monday for stacks of beer and Georgia Lottery tickets, police said.

The suspects, described by a night clerk as Hispanic men, bum-rushed a BP gas station at the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Old Peachtree roads minutes after midnight, according to a police report.

One robber stuck a handgun to the clerk's head while three others rifled through cash registers and snatched scratch-off lottery tickets valued between $2 and $10. A fifth man lifted several 12-packs of Bud Light from a display case before they all fled behind the business, possibly to a getaway vehicle, police said.

They made off with $180 from the registers and another $20 the clerk was carrying, the report says.

On video surveillance, each suspect appeared to be about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, an officer noted. They all wore jeans and jackets during the heist.

Police contacted Georgia Lottery officials to be on the watch for anyone trying to claim specific ticket winnings.

Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said investigators are in contact with agencies in other jurisdictions handling similar crimes. No suspects had been identified as of Wednesday, he said.