A Statesboro convenience store clerk was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, bringing the number of armed robberies in Statesboro this year to 17.
By the end of June, there had been 14 armed robberies with guns and two armed robberies with knives, as well as nine “strong-arm” robberies within the city limits, said Statesboro police Sgt. Jake Saxon.
A man with his face and arms covered walked into Clyde’s Market on Fair Road around 3:50 a.m. Saturday, “appeared to have a gun” and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving, he said. Bulloch County sheriff’s K9 units assisted Statesboro police investigators in seeking the suspect, but he was not located.
Reports did not list any injuries or a further description of the suspect.
The number of armed and other types of robberies skyrocketed in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to records from the police department.
Last year, 47 robberies were reported, including those involving guns, knives and other weapons, as well as those often listed as “robbery by sudden snatch,” records show.
In comparison, in 2015, Statesboro police statistics listed 29 robberies total.
Saxon said detectives have solved a number of cases this year, arresting seven suspects linked to armed robberies with guns and five accused of strong-arm robberies.
In February, a North Main Street convenience store was robbed twice within a week by a gunman. The Northside Drive East GATE station was robbed in March, and police arrested a suspect in that incident.
In June, Hardee’s on Northside Drive East and Pizza Hut on South Main Street were robbed by gunmen within days of each other. The week before, three suspects were arrested in connection to the armed robbery of El Sombrero restaurant on Fair Road.
Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead urged residents to be observant and report any suspicious activity and anything they may know about these and other crimes.
“Any help we can get from the public will go a long way in bringing these perpetrators to justice,” he said on Wednesday.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.