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Update: Authorities seek help in solving Check into Cash robbery

John Thompson • Jan 5, 2012 at 11:30 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department continues to search for the man who robbed the Check into Cash store, 851 W. Elk Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. One investigator said help from the community could help in solving the case.

Capt. Mike Merritt of the Criminal Investigations Division said the robber was a slim white man who is about 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall. He was wearing a blue sweat shirt and a blue toboggan.

Merritt said the man entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The clerk was threatened with her life if she did not comply with his demands.

Investigator Willard Johnson said the clerk was ordered to lie on the floor, and as a result she did not see which direction the man went after he left the store. He is believed to have fled on foot toward the business’ rear. It a getaway vehicle was used, police have no description of it.

The department’s police dog was used to search around the side and rear of the building in an attempt to find a trail or clues.

Police are awaiting an inventory by the district manager to determine the amount of money taken in the robbery.

The store is next door to the Zoomerz convenience store that was robbed Christmas Eve. Police were able to quickly make an arrest in that case because the clerk was able to get a license plate number on the car. The police do not have that advantage in the current investigation.

“We don’t have a lot to go on right now,” Johnson said. He said information from the public would help the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to use the Tips Hotline at 542-7574.

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