Police looking for man who robbed Sundrees Urban Market in downtown Augusta

Richmond County investigators are looking for a robbery suspect who got away with cash from Sundrees Urban Market, 930 Broad St.

At 12:37 p.m., a black male wearing a light-colored, short-sleeve, button-up shirt; blue jeans; and light-colored shoes entered the store and told the clerk he had an armed accomplice outside who would shoot her if she did not wait five minutes to call police, sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said.

Deputies found no evidence of a second person and the robber fled on foot. He is described as 30-40 years old and 6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches, Dresser said.

Owner Babak Sharifi said he thinks the robber was watching the store because he robbed it while he was at the bank and the clerk was alone. The clerk told him the robber held something to her back and forced her to open the drawer. She said she never saw a gun, but didn’t know what he was threatening her with.

Sharifi said the robber got away with all the cash in the drawer at the time, but he was not sure how much that was. He has posted surveillance video of the incident on Facebook hoping to catch the robber. The video has a time stamp of roughly 11:59 a.m. to 12:02 p.m., but Dresser said he was told the video’s time stamp was inaccurate.

Sundrees has been open for about 10 months, he said, and he has never had a problem before.

“We have the occasional beggar,” he said. “But nothing like this.”

Sharifi closed the store for the day, but planned to reopen Wednesday.

Sundrees Urban Market Facebook page (surveillance video posted)

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