LONGVIEW, TX - What could have been a deadly situation turns out to be a calmly-committed crime, and it was all caught on tape.
Longview Police were called to the EZ Mart on Pine Tree Road around 3:50 Thursday morning. It is the second time this week a store clerk has been held-up. But, police say they know someone watching will be able to help them solve this crime.
Store surveillance captured the crime. A white man believed to be in his 20s wearing a bandana points a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun at the clerk.
"He finds the clerk standing outside the store," said Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police Department. "The suspect approaches him with a shotgun and demands the clerk to go back inside the store at which point he tells the clerk he wants the contents of the register."
Keeping the gun pressed against the clerk, the suspect goes right for what he wants.
"It's disturbing to watch the surveillance video approaching the store," said Brownlee. "The way he walks up. The way he walks away. He's very calm. He's very deliberate."
The suspect empties the cash register and even takes a couple of packs of cigarettes before calmly walking out. What police are noticing about the surveillance video is how calm the suspect is as if he has done it before and he makes very little effort to conceal who he is.
"I think any store clerk will tell you - any convenience store clerk at any retail establishment - one of the most dangerous things to happen to them is an armed robbery such as this," said Brownlee. "You never know if the suspect is on drugs - what they're mental state is."
The clerk showed remarkable calm, considering the shotgun is within inches of him at all times.
"Most of the time the suspect has his finger on the trigger," said Brownlee. "When they walk into any kind of business with a firearm, they're pointing it at the clerk; it's a very dangerous situation. It's a clerk's worst nightmare. The situation is the same."
Police hope this video will spark someone's memory.
"Somebody who sees the video and knows the suspect would be able to identify him just from looking at that video," said Brownlee.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 20 years of age, wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, white tennis shoes with a gray bandana over his face and glasses.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or online at www.greggcountycrimestoppers.com.