Men wearing surgical masks hold up Roswell auto parts store, pistol-whip employee

Police are searching for two men after a takeover-style robbery at a Roswell auto parts store Tuesday evening.

The suspects, who wore surgical masks, entered the AutoZone on Holcomb Bridge Road about 6 p.m., shortly before the store was set to close.

Armed with handguns, the men ordered the store’s customers and employees onto the ground before demanding cash from the registers and the safe, Roswell police spokesman Officer Sean Thompson said Thursday.

The employees complied and handed over cash from the store’s registers, police said, but one of the robbers got angry as a man tried to open the time-delayed safe.

“He grew impatient and struck the employee several times with his pistol, causing blunt-force trauma to the man’s right eye,” Thompson said.

The suspects managed to get $640 in cash before running out of the store, police said. Investigators believe they drove away, but no vehicle description has been released.

“Detectives are trying to obtain surveillance footage from the area and get a picture of these guys,” Thompson said, adding that investigators are also working with surrounding jurisdictions to determine if the men have been involved in additional auto parts store robberies.

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Anyone with information about the hold-up or the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 404-673-6025.

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