COLLINWOOD, Tenn. — Collinwood Drugs has been robbed at gunpoint twice in the past three months, and authorities believe the same person committed both crimes.
City and county authorities are working together to find the suspect. The business owner is offering a reward.
“I know everyone is doing all they can, so I’m hoping by offering a reward for information leading to the arrest, we can get more information coming in,” owner Tommy Johnston said.
The first robbery was Jan. 3; the second was Feb. 20.
The suspect is described as 6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches tall with a slender build.
He used a pistol during the first robbery and an automatic rifle in the second.
Police said the man was wearing black boots, khaki cargo-style pants and a camouflage jacket with a hood.
“In the first robbery he was wearing a bandana over his face, and in the second one, he had a ski mask on,” Collinwood police investigator Shane Rippy said.
“There’s so many similarities that we believe it’s the same person,” he said.
Rippy said in each robbery the man walked into the store on Tennessee 13, showed a gun and demanded pills.
Johnston said both times the robber wanted Lortab and Percocet, both strong prescription narcotic pain pills.
“The last time he wanted money, but it was very little that we had,” Johnston said. “Once he gets what he wants, he just leaves.”
Rippy said the man was in and out very quickly.
Police said no one has seen the man leaving in a vehicle.
“We believe he has a vehicle parked somewhere, and he runs to it or he is picked up by someone,” Rippy said.
Anyone with information is asked to Collinwood police at 931-724-9227 or the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department tip line at 931-722-2300.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.