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Tobacco outlet was Tuesday target of armed robbery

For the second time in as many nights this week, local authorities searched for an armed robbery suspect.

The latest crime occurred on Tuesday about 7:23 p.m. when a man, described as black, walked into the Thomson Tobacco Outlet, located at 660 Augusta Highway, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Al Reeves.

The robber stood between 5-7 and 5-9 and weighed about 160 lbs. The suspect was said to resemble a suspect that pulled an armed robbery at Domino's Pizza on Monday night.

No one was hurt in Tuesday's robbery.

The man, brandishing a handgun, made off with an undetermined amount of cash, Deputy Reeves said, noting that deputies converged on the scene within two minutes of the crime having occurred.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall requested that a tracking dog from the Columbia County Sheriff's Department aid local lawmen in their attempt to locate the robber.

Columbia County Sheriff's Department K-9 Sgt. Matt Baxley and his dog, Rex, along with Deputy John Ashley Hill, tracked the suspect to an abandoned house, about 150 yards behind the business. There, the dog lost the scent, Deputy Reeves said.

Local deputies received assistance from officers with the Thomson Police Department and a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies this week should contact the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at 706-595-2141.

Web posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009

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