Pell City Police warning residents of scheme involving crash and robberies

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) -- Pell City Police are telling residents to watch out after reports of suspects crashing a truck into victims, and robbing them as they get out to check for damages.

As of this article's writing, there have been three robberies linked to the same suspect between Pell City and Lincoln.

After 3 p.m. Pell City Police say a suspect struck a 2014 White Hyundai Genesis driven by a 79-year-old female near 18th Street and 3rd Avenue.

According to investigators, when the driver got out to inspect the damage, a male in a hooded sweatshirt approached her, attacked her, and stole her purse.

Police say the suspect also shoved a 90-year-old passenger and stole her purse as well.

The driver was checked out by paramedics on scene for a head injury. 

Pell City Police posted to Facebook that they are looking for a stolen green 2003 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck out of Georgia. The vehicle is described as having "Southway Contracting" on each side and the rear window. The truck has a Georgia plate reading DGS326.

Sgt Don Newton with Pell City Police told CBS 42 that Lincoln Police had at least one similar incident reported today. 

Lincoln Police tell CBS 42 News that a victim was working outside around 3:30 p.m. south of the I-20/Stemley Rd exit. The victim heard footsteps on the gravel, which he thought was another worker. As he turned around he was approached by an armed suspect in a mask wearing a hood, who demanded his wallet, debit card pin, and cell phone. 

As the suspect left, he shot at the victim's foot and climbed into a vehicle matching the description of the Chevrolet used in the earlier Pell City robbery.

Lincoln Police also say that they got a call about a business being robbed on Highway 78 in between Highway 77 and Magnolia around 20 minutes after the incident with the worker. 

The suspect reportedly entered the business with a gun, threatened employees and took money from the register before leaving in what police believe was the same green truck. 

Authorities are asking anyone that sees the vehicle to call 911.




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