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Back-to-back hold-ups at shopping center were fruitless, police say

NORCROSS -- In back-to-back attempted robberies at a shopping center near Norcross last week, police say a Cadillac-driving crook netted not one thin dime.

Charged with two counts of robbery by intimidation, 42-year-old Alex Mccray remained at large Thursday. Arrest warrants list his home city as Norcross, but his address is unknown.

Just after noon Friday, Mccray allegedly walked in a certified public accountant office at the Carter Oak Crossing shopping center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and presented a female employee with a handwritten note. It demanded money and claimed the robber had a gun.

"(The employee) informed the suspect that she was not able to give him any money due to the business not collecting money from their customers," an officer wrote in a report.

The frustrated suspect left the business, walked two units down and handed the note to the owner of a gift shop. She got a closer look and noticed the note threatened to kill its reader if demands weren't met, the report states.

The owner pretended that she couldn't speak English, and the man eventually grew frustrated again and left. Another employee followed him to his getaway car and jotted the tag number, the report states.

A security guard told police the car was an older model, four-door, white Cadillac with aftermarket chrome wheels.

Police describe Mccray as a 5 foot 10 inch black man with no facial hair and a clean-shaven head. He wore a white tank top, blue jeans and black shoes, the report states.

Mccray's whereabouts were unknown Thursday. He wasn't listed as an inmate in Gwinnett County Jail records.

"There is nothing to indicate (Mccray) is in custody at this time," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Thursday.