Surveillance Video Released for Food Town Robbery

 

LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) — Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is trying to track down the offender who robbed the Food Town Grocery store on Monday night.

Investigators say an armed man entered the store around 11:00 p.m. wearing a tee shirt and an orange toboggan on his head. Officials also say he was wearing gloves and carrying a handgun.

According to deputies, the cashier was outside when the man walked into the store, brought her in at gunpoint, and tied her hands with zip ties.

He struggled with opening the cash register and asked the clerk for help. She gave instructions, and the man left the store with about $100. He came back into the store shortly after and retrieved his handgun from the counter. When he came in the second time, he had removed most of his disguise.

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office obtained a copy of the store’s surveillance footage, in which you can get a good glimpse of the offender’s face.

The store owner, Wayne Heintschel, says that the clerk involved in the robbery handled the situation well, but was a bit scared.

“She was definitely shaken up right after because he had contact with her and overpowered her,” said Heintschel.

The clerk was not at work on Wednesday, but according to Heintschel, she is doing just fine.

Even though the man left with around $100, Heintschel says it’s not about the money, but his main concern was the well-being of his employee.

“It’s not that bad,” said Heintschel. “The bad part is the harm and this lady, she’ll remember that for awhile because she was manhandled. That’s the bad part, it’s the memories.”

In the meantime, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in catching the offender.

“We’re going around the area talking to people, trying to show people pictures, and see if anybody recognizes him,” said Investigator Chad Smith.

“Wo do have the audio, which is nice. Maybe someone will recognize his voice, and we’re just going that way right now.”

If you have any information concerning this crime, you are asked to contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 256-560-6196.