A suspected robber who held-up a gold purchasing store Monday was able to get away with a few hundred dollars and a bag of gold — actually, a bag of fake gold.
Johnson City police are actually investigating two armed robberies that occurred within two hours of each other. The first hold-up happened at Food Lion, 3120 Bristol Highway, around 8:10 a.m. while the second happened at Cash for Gold, 2107 W. Market St.
In the grocery store incident, a white man walked in and went to the customer service counter around 8:10 a.m.
According to a police report, the man placed a paper bag on the counter and told the manager to “fill it.” The report also states the man opened his coat to show he had a handgun in his waistband.
The manager put money in the bag and the man left.
Witnesses told police the man was about 6’ tall, weighed around 220 pounds and was wearing a green or brown jacket with a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and possibly work boots.
The man also had a thick, gray mustache and gray hair. He was also wearing ground sunglasses and a green ball cap.
The second robbery happened at Cash for Gold, 3107 W. Market St., around 10:25 a.m. when a man entered the business and asked about the price for an ounce of gold.
Then the man grabbed the female clerk’s arm with one hand and pulled out a knife with his other hand.
“He demanded money and jumped across the counter when she told him that the money was in the safe,” police wrote in a report.
The woman complied with the robber’s command, opened the safe and gave him approximately $500 cash.
The man also grabbed a “fake bag of gold,” before he jumped back over the counter and ran out.
Investigators have not released a description of that suspect.
Anyone with information about either incident can call the Johnson City Police Department at 434-6166, CrimeStoppers at 434-6158.