Carlisle Police are investigating the Sunday afternoon robbery of the Carlisle Citgo at 1504 Bobby L. Glover Highway.
According to Carlisle Police Sergent Todd Turner, officers were dispatched to the convenience store after receiving a 911 call at 2:13 p.m. of a robbery. Turner was the first officer on scene.
Upon arriving at the scene, Turner said he learned that the cashier had been robbed at gunpoint by two black males, who made off with over $1,000 in cash.
According to Tuner, the victim, James Walter of Carlisle, saw the suspects enter the convenience store and retrieved Mt. Dews from the cooler. It was not until Walter opened the register for the cash purchase did men pull out their black semi-automatic pistols and demand money from the register. After handing over all the cash from the register, Walter was then told to lay on the floor while the suspects fled the scene. Turner said Walters remained in the floor until two customers entered the convenience store shortly after the robbery took place.
The suspects were both described to have been wearing grey hooded sweatshirts. One was said to have been wearing an orange Miami Heat ball cap and the other a red Cardinals cap. The suspect fled the store in what appeared to be an older model green Mercury Cougar. The car was last seen on surveillance heading north toward Interstate 40.
Turner said no one was injured during the robbery. He said fingerprints were recovered from the scene, although it is not known if they will prove to be the suspects.
"I don’t know if it [the fingerprints] was the suspects or customers," Turner said.
According to Tuner, surveillance videos have been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance in enhancing the footage. At this time the suspects remain at large.
Around 4 p.m., shortly after hearing of the robbery, the police department was contacted by the Dollar General store, located down the road from the gas station, of possible information on the suspects. According to Turner, two black males accompanied by a white female carrying a large bag entered Dollar General. Both men were wearing grey hoodies.
"We could tell it was different people," Turner said.
Turner said the suspects in this case were seen exiting from a red Monte Carlo and not the green Mercury Cougar involved in the robbery. To the officers’ surprise, the woman was seen taking an unknown quantity of merchandise from the store.
Ironically enough, the customers who found Walter in the floor of the gas station were the same two males seen on the surveillance video from Dollar General.
Two months ago, on Dec. 1, 2012, a cashier working at Citgo that morning was robbed at gunpoint by a single black male wearing a tan Carhartt-type jacket, charcoal stone-washed jeans and a brown/tan colored doo rag. The suspect fled on foot from the scene. He was described as being 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a slender build and shoulder length dreadlocks.
Turner said the police department does not believe there is any connection between the two robberies.
Carlisle Police are requesting that anyone who was in the area Sunday and possibly saw the suspect or his vehicle to contact them at 870-552-3431.