Augusta police seek beer thief

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a local grocery store this morning.

At about 6:20 a.m., the man entered the Food Lion at 3722 Mike Padgett Highway and picked up a case of beer, according to Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew.

 The man brought the beer to the clerk then passed a note demanding money. Nervous and scared, the clerk couldn't get the register open so the man walked behind her and pointed a hard object into her back, Chew said.

The woman never saw a gun but despite the threat she still couldn't open the register. The robber then grabbed his beer and ran from the store.

He is described as a black man, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and about 180 pounds. He was in his late 30s or early 40s, Chew said.

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