Brazen, hooded gunmen robbed employees of two Winder businesses at gunpoint last week.
The robberies of employees of Nail Image on East May Street and of a Domino’s Pizza driver on Jessie Street happened just a day apart and within one mile of each other.
According to Winder Police Department incident reports, the first robbery occurred on Jan. 8, when two males walked into the nail salon at 6:24 p.m. One of the men held a small, semi-automatic pistol by his leg and said, “Nobody move. I have a gun.”
Moving to the counter, he demanded the cash register key from the shop’s female owner. When she told him she didn’t have a key, he forced open the cash register drawer with his hand, removed about $200, and threw the drawer to the ground.
The second robbery happened about 26 hours later when three hooded gunmen set a trap for a pizza deliveryman. According to the police report, a male caller at 8:07 p.m. Jan. 9 placed a $23.67 order for a pizza and Coke to be delivered to 211 Jessie St. The caller asked that the driver bring enough money with him to provide change for a $100 bill.
When the driver pulled into the driveway on Jessie Street, a male was sitting on the front steps waiting for him. As the driver brought the pizza to him, the suspect pulled a black handgun from inside his clothing, pointed it at the driver, and said, “Give me the money.”
The robber then ordered the driver to walk to the side of the house.
“When they reached the rear corner of the residence, (the victim) observed two black males walk from behind the house,” the report states.
The two got into the victim’s truck. Then, before joining them, the male with the gun told the victim, “I know what you look like and if the police are called, I’ll kill your ass.”
They sped away, but left the truck at a residence on Georgia Avenue.