On Wednesday, May 18 at 9:18 p.m., an attempted armed robbery occurred at the Fastrip convenience store on the the business loop in Mt. Vernon.
The suspect brandished a sawed off shotgun, gave the clerk a plastic sack and demanded the money from the register. The clerk told the suspect she needed to get a key and then went into the office area where authorities were alerted. The suspect left the store.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately age in his 40s with a thin build, brown curly hair and wearing a tan coat. The suspect also had a mustache that appeared to be fake.
Anyone with information about the attempted crime is asked to contact the Mt. Vernon Police Department at 417-466-2122 or the Barry Lawrence Crime Stoppers at 1-888-635-8477 or 417-354-TIPS. Information can also be submitted online at blcrimestoppers.com. Any persons giving information can remain anonymous.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the apprehension of this suspect.