Robbery team might be father, son

Authorities in five metro Atlanta communities are looking for two people who committed a series of armed robberies at Rite Aid stores, and one may be as young as 12.

The first robbery occurred about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at a Douglasville Rite Aid. Two people took an unknown amount of cash from the store’s registers while the manager was held at gunpoint, according to the Douglasville Police Department.

Then on Nov. 23, a man entered an Atlanta Rite Aid at 2866 Memorial Dr. about 8 a.m. and demanded the clerk open the safe, Atlanta Police Department officials said. Police said he stole about $1,500 after making the clerk open the safe and lie on the floor as he put the money in a bag.

A third robbery took place about 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at a Buford Rite Aid at 4470 Nelson Brogdon Blvd. In addition to cigars and several bottles of Advil PM, two people took money from the store’s safe and cash registers after two store employees opened them, according to an incident report from the Gwinnett County Police Department. The robbers also demanded the employees’ phones and money.

Gwinnett police said one of the two is between age 12 and 15 and the other is between 45 and 50.

“The victims believed the younger suspect was the son of the older suspect,” according to the Gwinnett police report.

Pharmacies in Fayetteville and Cobb County have been targeted as well, Atlanta police Sgt. Karla Baldini said. A reward of up to $25,000 is available for any information leading to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.