Alcoa Highway BP robbed for third time this year
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed an Alcoa Highway convenience store at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, marking the third time the business has been robbed this year.
Alcoa Detective Jason Ewing said the suspect entered the BP Kenjo Market located at 4228 Alcoa Highway and acted as if he was making a purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man pointed a handgun at the employee and grabbed money out of the register with his other hand. The suspect then fled on foot.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded and performed a K-9 track, which led authorities to an area where the man is believed to have gotten into a vehicle before driving away.
The Blount County E-911 Communications Center received the report of the robbery at 2:12 p.m.
The suspect was described as a white male about 35 to 45 years of age. He was bald, clean shaven and weighed about 230 to 250 pounds. He was also wearing a blue T-shirt.
Ewing said the robbery may be connected to a robbery Friday afternoon at a Sevierville convenience store. That robbery occurred at 2:24 p.m. Friday and the suspect description matches the suspect in Saturday’s robbery.
Ewing said both robberies are still under investigation, however, and authorities only believe the robberies may be connected.
Saturday’s robbery marks the third time this BP has been robbed this year. The first occurred in March, while the business was the target of another armed robbery in June.
Anyone with information concerning Saturday’s robbery can contact Ewing at the Alcoa Police Department at 865-981-4111.