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Gunman makes hole in business, waits for employees in violent armed robbery

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A gunman made a hole on the side of a Bibb County business and then entered to wait for employees to arrive Wednesday morning. He then robbed them of cash, cell phones and car keys. Police on Thursday were still searching for the gunman.

The gunman fired a shot during the armed robbery, but no one was injured, officials said.

It’s unclear how long it took the robber to make the hole and to wait, but deputies said he was there when employees arrived around 9 a.m. at Aaron’s Sales and Lease store at 4696 Log Cabin Drive, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said the man entered the business through a hole that he had made earlier in the morning, on the side of the business. When the store employees entered the business, the suspect jumped out from where he was hiding, brandishing a black handgun, and demanded money, the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said.

Once the suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash, he demanded that the suspects hand over their cell phones and car keys, DeFoe said. He then ran towards the hole that he had made in the wall and fired in the air, the spokesman said.

The suspect exited the building through the hole and ran towards the parking lot where he stole one of the employee’s vehicles and then fled north on Log Cabin Drive, DeFoe said.

The stolen vehicle is a green in color, 1999 Mercury Mountaineer with Ga “Retired Veteran’s” tag # XF151G. The vehicle has a blue “Air Force” tag on the front of the vehicle, with the Air Force wings symbol. The vehicle also had several stickers displayed on the rear window.

The suspect is described as a black male, around 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and weighing about 150 pounds, DeFoe said. He was also wearing all black clothing and had a black hooded shirt and black face covering.

Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the “on-call” investigator or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at (877) 682-7463.