Just after 1:00 pm yesterday, a 911 call from the SprintMart on Airbase Hill alerted police to a robbery in progress. Fernanda Mixon, the cashier on duty, said she had just finished ringing up a fuel customer when a man came in and asked for “change for a dollar”. When she opened the drawer to get some quarters, the man quickly leaned over and shoved both his hands into the drawer, trying to grab cash. Mixon grabbed his wrists, attempting to get the drawer closed, but the thief pushed her, causing her to lose her balance. He grabbed for the cash again, leaning against and breaking the mount that holds the barcode scanner attached to the cash register. Mixon hit him with the scanner and threw the broken mount at him as he fled the store, getting away with between $60 and $100. He would have gotten more, but Mixon had just made two safe drops and her manager had just left with the morning’s bank deposit.
The fuel customer and his father were still at the gas pumps, and witnessed the bandit jump into his getaway vehicle, a red Ford F-150 with a chrome tool box and chrome flashing along the bottom of the truck. The man was described as a tall white male, late-40’s to early 50’s, with a receeding hair line and a goatee. He was wearing a gray plaid flannel jacket over a red t-shirt. The unidentified robber fled north on Hwy 45 before officers arrived on scene, but the store’s surveillance cameras got very good shots of the thief and his truck.
Mixon said she thought this was just “God doing his work”, because she was covering the morning shift for another cashier who is pregnant. Mixon prefered that she be the one to get robbed rather than the pregnant girl.
At press time, the bandit was still at large, and being sought by officials in Lowndes and Monroe Counties.0