Man asks officer for help, robs store at gunpoint 20 minutes later

A DeKalb County man told a police officer his car battery had died when the officer spotted him walking behind a shopping center, dressed in all black.

The Conyers officer, working a part-time security job, helped Jimmy Mathis get his Chevrolet Monte Carlo started Saturday night, according to a police report. But 20 minutes later, the same officer was called back to the same location.

It seems a man matching Mathis’s description had robbed Hibbett Sports at gunpoint, but had left the Dogwood Drive shopping center by the time the officer returned.

The store manager and two employees told police that a man at a rear door of the store pointed a gun and demanded cash from the register, according to Conyers police.

“Don’t do anything stupid and get me the cash,” the suspect allegedly said.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left through the back door of the store and was gone when an officer returned to the scene. All three witnesses described the suspect as being about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, wearing a black jacket, black pants and black shoes, police reports state. The description matched the officer’s description of Mathis.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mathis, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Mathis was last seen driving a white, two-door, 2006 Monte Carlo with Georgia tag PHP8401

Tipsters can remain anonymous and are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404.577.TIPS (8477) or by texting CSA + your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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