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The hunt is on for an armed robber who struck the Piggly Wiggly on Five Points Drive in Ducktown late Saturday Night.
by Richard Scott

The hunt is on for an armed robber who struck the Piggly Wiggly on Five Points Drive in Ducktown late Saturday Night.
911 Dispatchers at the Sheriff’s Office in Ducktown received a call at 9:55pm Saturday alerting them to the holdup, and deputies were on the scene within two minutes. The grocery store had closed at 9:00pm, with employees spending about 45 minutes cleaning up and counting up the day’s receipts.
According to Polk County Detective Keith Barker, the last two employees to leave the store, Assistant Manager Garryn Cheek of Turtletown, and Bagger Dristin Raper of Farner, were outside locking the front door, when they were accosted by the robber.
According to Detective Barker the suspect pulled out a handgun and held it to Raper’s head while demanding that Cheek turn over a night deposit bag he was carrying. After Cheek handed over the money bag the robber fled on foot, running behind the store.
Detective Barker described the suspect as a white male between 5-foot 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing khaki colored cargo pants and a dark colored hoodie.  The suspect was also wearing a bandana to hide his face.  Barker wouldn’t disclose how much money was taken in the hold-up, except to say that the deposit bag contained a “sizeable” amount of cash.
Investigators are following up on several leads, and aren’t certain yet whether the suspect used a car to make his getaway. Detective Barker asked anyone who had been in the area Saturday evening, and had seen anything suspicious, call the Sheriff’s Office in Ducktown at 423-496-3301.
Garryn Cheek, the Assistant Manager made note of the robbery on his Facebook page on Sunday telling friends that he was “feeling thankful to be alive. God was really watching over me and Dristin Raper.”

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