The Jacksonville Police Department is currently looking for suspects in a robbery that occurred early this morning at the Murphy’s USA gas station located at 1315 S. Jackson St.
Dispatchers received a call from an employee around 5 a.m. who said the store had been held up by two men who took more than $10,000 in cash and merchandise, said Detective Sergeant Daniel Franklin.
According to police reports, a man dressed in a black jacket, red, hooded sweatshirt and mask approached the station with a gun and demanded to be let in. Another man, dressed in a brown sweatshirt, came around the corner after the first robber gained access to the facility.
The clerk said the second subject may or may not have also been wearing a mask, Franklin said, but was unsure.
The attendant proceeded to open the station’s safe and the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money on foot. The report stated they fled into a vehicle, but no description was available.
Franklin said that the department currently has no leads other than the descriptions of the suspects given by the clerk.
“All we know is that they were two black males, one of them about six-foot, slender build. The other was about five-seven, medium build,” he said.
He said the clerk estimated the age of the suspects at between 19 and 25 years old based on their voices.
The police are awaiting surveillance footage from the gas station to help them further identify the individuals, he said.
The robbery is one of several in recent weeks that have happened in similar ways, which is unusual, Franklin said.
“It’s uncommon for as many of them to happen as we’ve had here recently,” he said.
Franklin mentioned several incidents in Rusk and Cherokee counties, as well as within the city of Jacksonville, which could be linked based on the circumstances of the incidents.
He said clerks of similar businesses should be watchful and ready if something should happen.
“The people that work in these places need to be aware of it and be on their feet and be prepared to protect themselves in case something like this happens,” he said.
Franklin also said that the department was still investigating a robbery on Dec. 22 in which a black male wearing a mask and hooded sweatshirt robbed the Corner Market located at 202 N. Jackson St. with a handgun at around 2 a.m.
He said no new information had come to light in the case.
JPD asked that anyone with information related to the robberies contact Crime Stoppers at 903-586-7867 or call the department at 903-586-2546.