“If they are not permanent residents, they are staying in the area,” Rome police detective Joe Costolnick said Saturday. “It appears they walked up on closing time and fled on foot and were not anywhere to be found a short time later.”
The clerk at the Big H convenience store, 20 E. Main St., was robbed again Friday by two men after being robbed on March 22.
The robberies have other similarities. They happened at the same time of night — around 11 p.m. At least one of the men had a big knife. And the clerk told Costolnick he knew that one of the suspects was the same because he had the same voice.
Police do not believe the robbery is related to one at the Big H at 127 E. 12th St. on April 3.
Costolnick said that, on Friday night, one of the robbers climbed over the counter with something that looked like a small baseball bat. The clerk tried to fight him off, but a second man — wearing dark clothes, bright white gloves and a white mask — arrived with a knife. The man in the white mask went straight to the back and turned off the lights, Costolnick said.
The two men got away with $600 to $700 in cash, some cigarettes and some beer, police said. Police brought out K-9s to search for the men but had no luck.
That has lead police to believe they are from the neighborhood surrounding the store.
Since the March robbery, police have been looking for suspects and have one identified. But they have not had enough to make an arrest. Costolnick believes someone has information that can crack the case.
“I believe they (the robbers) have talked about it,” he said. I believe there are people out there who know.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Costolnick at 706-238-5128 or he can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.