Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming reported Wednesday that a female employee was working at Metro PCS at 505 W. Highway 82 shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday when a male suspect entered the store wearing a black mask.
Fleming said the suspect — medium-built, around six feet tall — brandished a handgun and demanded the employee open the cash register.
“She complied with all that,” Fleming said Wednesday. “He wanted to know if there was anything else in the business, and then he was able to secure other currency.”
The employee was distraught but unharmed. Fleming said he knows how much money the suspect took, but couldn’t release the amount. And he added that officers await information about the suspect’s vehicle and direction of travel following the incident.
This would come only from video footage of the robbery. Such footage apparently exists, Fleming said, but hasn’t been cleared by Metro PCS for officers to see.
“The security camera is governed by the corporate office,” he said. “It’s up to the business to provide that. They’re being cooperative with us, but it’s just not anything that was readily available to us right then.”
Repeated calls to the Metro PCS outlet on Highway 82 on Wednesday were unanswered.