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Police hope reward leads to arrests

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for an armed robbery of a new restaurant in Thomson last week, authorities say.

"We're hoping the reward money will help us solve this case," Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson said.

Police are looking for two young black men -- both of whom donned camouflaged ski- masks -- and entered through an unlocked rear door of a restaurant called THR33, located at 648 Main Street, shortly after 9 a.m. on Sept. 1, according to a report filed by Thomson Police Department Officer Josh Caston. He was assisted by Sgt. Willie Williams. Chief Nelson and Investigator Capt. J. Bridges also responded to the robbery call.

A male employee of the restaurant said after the men entered the business, they demanded money from him. The bandits, one of whom was armed with a handgun, later walked into an office and demanded that a female employee give them money, Officer Caston said. The man holding a pistol received about $300 in cash, police records show.

After getting the cash, the robbers fled from the restaurant.

A search of the area by police turned up no trace of the robbers, Chief Nelson said.

"We're still running down some leads," Chief Nelson said two days after the crime occurred.

As of press time, police still had not made any arrests in connection with the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact Thomson police at 706-595-2166. All information will be kept confidential.

Chief Nelson said Charlie Lewis, a local businessman, is offering the reward to help police solve the crime.

Web posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010

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