Man fills out application for job, then robs store

ATHENS, Ga. --- Athens-Clarke police are looking for a man who left behind a filled-out job application when he robbed a westside convenience store Wednesday night.


Investigators verified the name on the application belongs to a real person, but as of Thursday evening they weren't certain the robber wrote down his own name.

Then, again, criminals have been known to do some dumb things.

"I've heard of people robbing banks and writing notes to tellers on the back of their pay stubs," Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said. Capt. Holeman, the assistant commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, thinks the robber might have used the application as a ruse to lurk in the Golden Pantry until the time was right to rob the place.

"It appears to me he could have been doing an application to stall for time until all the customers left, and that he was more intent on doing the robbery than what he was putting down in the application," Capt. Holeman said.

The robber not only used a real name on the application, but he also filled in a real address and phone number.

Police on Thursday verified that the name on the application belongs to an Athens man, and investigators were trying to track him down.

A man who answered the phone number listed on the job application said the name on the application is his second cousin's, but he didn't know anything about the robbery. The man said he allowed his cousin to stay at his home for two weeks but that he'd since moved.

When customers left the robber and clerk alone about 11:20 p.m., the robber went behind the counter and pressed a large steak knife into the clerk's side, police said. He ordered the clerk to open the cash register and fled with the cash, police said.

The robber did not try to conceal his face and seemed drunk, according to a police report.

"If you're going to fill out an application and put your real name on it and then rob the store, it sounds to me like there might be some serious issues going on with him," Capt. Holeman said.