Dollar General bandit, car thief still sought

Herman McGee III
By: 
STEVE ROGERS
Staff Writer

West Point Police think a robbery suspect may have scouted out his target before striking Sunday night. Fortunately, clerks realized what was happening and got away before the armed bandit could harm them or get money at the Dollar General on the eastern edge of West Point.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for a man suspected of stealing a car last Wednesday morning not long after being released from jail. That man, Herman McGee III might be in Alabama, police say.

The masked armed robbery, dressed in all black with a red bandana of some kind covering his face, hit the Dollar General at about 9:46 p.m. Sunday as the business was preparing to close.

Assistant Police Chief Kennedy Meaders said one clerk walked out of the business and the bandit walked in behind her.

As he was approaching the counter, the other clerk saw him and realized what was happening and ran toward an office in the back of the store. She reached the office and managed to get the door locked before the robber could get to her. A customer who was in the store also managed to escape without being detected.

The robber was frustrated because the cash register was locked and the staff already had begun to lock away the money.

“He might have scouted the business and thought he knew the routine,” Meaders said of the suspect.

He is described as a black male, wearing black hoodie, black Adidas pants, black shoes, and a red mask covering the face. He did display a weapon.

He ran from the store to the east, which is the same direction from which he entered. Police aren’t sure whether he had a car parked nearby or had someone waiting for him.

“If people see something that looks out of place, call us and let us check it out. The same for businesses, call us and let us come check or give an escort,” Meaders said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151 or the West Point Police Department at (662) 494-1244.

Meanwhile, residents of Vernon and Detroit, Ala. in Lamar County reported seeing Herman McGee there late last week asking for a “back way” to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

McGee is wanted for stealing a black 2011 Chrysler 300 from an apartment on Cul-de-Sac Street either late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. It was reported stolen Wednesday morning. McGee apparently managed to get the keys while the owner was at another location where McGee was.

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