Fifth convenience store robbed in area in nearly three weeks

Published 12:53 am Sunday, March 19, 2017


NATCHEZ — A masked man armed with a handgun reportedly robbed the Sprint Mart on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive Saturday night, making it the fifth convenience store robbed in nearly three weeks.

Natchez Police Department Detective Gerald Mooney said a man wearing a mask and gloves and armed with a handgun entered the Sprint Mart across from Merit Health Natchez at approximately 10 p.m. and demanded money. The clerk gave him an undetermined amount of cash and the suspect fled.

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No arrests have been made.

The incident marks the fifth convenience store robbery in a little less than three weeks.

Kaiser’s Mobil Mart on U.S. 61 North was robbed Feb. 28.

Kaiser’s Food and Fuel on U.S. 61 South was robbed two days later on March 2, and a few hours afterward, the Morgantown Exxon on U.S. 61 North was robbed.

The Sprint Mart on Wood Avenue was robbed March 7.

Christopher Wimberly, 35, 1018 Martins Lane, was arrested and charged for the robbery of the Morgantown Exxon. Police have said security footage has eliminated Wimberly as a suspect in the other robberies.

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact Crime Stoppers at 601-442-5000.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Calls are anonymous.