At 7:45 p.m. on Sunday night, two black men reportedly wearing hoodies and blue bandanas over their faces robbed the Hudco Superette at 5860 Highway 50 East and made off with an unknown amount of cash.
According to the cashier, at least one of the men drew a pistol and and came behind the counter twice. He grabbed the money out of the register with his hands and the thieves fled East towards a trailer park… leaving a trail of bills and coins away from the scene. According to witnesses, the men then got into a silver Beemer and escaped in an unknown direction.
Police followed the cash-paved pathway to search for the crooks, but were unable to locate them. Over $100 in coins and bills was left in the behind them on the ground in the gravel lot. A person on-scene remarked that perhaps they should have “thought to bring a bag to put the money in,” as to not lose so much of their profit.
The manager stated on-scene that this is the second armed robbery the store has had in the last few months. The earlier robbery, which occurred on July 19 happened around 8 a.m. On that date, a black male wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie entered the store with a white t-shirt held over his face, brandishing a semi-automatic handgun.
The suspect fled on foot and was later seen getting into a small black car headed Eastbound on Hwy 50 towards Alabama. He made off with an unknown amount of cash and was never found in association with the robbery.
The manager stated to The Packet that the service station is not equipt with any security cameras and that she hopes the owner will see to installing some since this is the second armed robbery they have endured. She also said that normally she would have been working the night of the robbery, but her daughter, the cashier who was held up, asked to switch with her so she could have a night off later in the week to go to a party. She said she was very relieved that no one was hurt.
In addition to Lowndes County Sheriff Department on scene, two friendly cats were drawn to the excitement of the crime scene. They were especially interested in the money trail, and were batting around the bills and biting the coins.
The deputies on scene, as well as the store employees, were amused by the felines antics, but had a hard time keeping them off the crime scene, including in the store, where the cats seemed to feel right at home.
The cashier, though shoo-ing them from the scene, even broke a grin as the cats continued to rub against her legs and jump up on the window outside of the store. She commented that they might belong to a man who lives around the corner and must have gotten out.