Two questioned after Ripley store robbery Tuesday

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – Authorities were investigating a noonday Tuesday robbery at the Chevron Food Mart 2 Station on Miss. 15 North. There were no injuries.

Officers stopped two men minutes after the robbery. An investigator said later they were working the case and declined further information.

Store manager Alex – he declined to give his last name – said a man in his 30s entered the store about noon. Alex was the only employee in the store, and there were no customers.

The man distracted Alex by asking for help with an item. As he helped the man, a second man entered the store and took a bag containing over $1,000 cash from under a counter. No weapon was shown during the robbery. Both men then ran out of the store and drove away in a black Chrysler car, Alex said.

The manager got a tag number and called authorities. Two men matching the description of the robbers – both described by the manager as caucasians in their late 30s – were stopped on Miss. 4 for questioning minutes later.

Said the manager: “I want to thank the law enforcement of Ripley for doing a great job. They were here in two minutes.”

He said police recovered some money with the arrests, but he’s not sure if all of it was recovered.