Aug 152018

(map via NOPD)

The Dollar General store on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed of its cash at gunpoint Tuesday morning, and a woman on Oleander Street was robbed of her vehicle much later that night, New Orleans police said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, a man walked into the Dollar General in the 2800 block of South Claiborne (near Washington Avenue) and grabbed an ice cooler from one of the shelves, according to the initial NOPD report.

“He then walked back to the front of the store, sat the cooler on the counter and passed the manager a note that read, “Everything out safe,'” the report states. “The manager looked up, the suspect took a step back, raised his shirt showing a silver-and-black hand gun. The manager opened the safe and handed over three bags of money.”

The gunman then left the store on foot toward Washington Avenue, the report states. He is described as a 5-foot-9, 160-pound black man in his 30s wearing all black clothing, the report states.

Around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, a woman in her 50s drove to the 8600 block of Oleander Street (near Leonidas Street) and parked, where she was confronted by a man who “implied he had something under his shirt,” and demanded her keys, according to the report in that case.

“The victim threw her purse and her keys on the ground,” the report states. “The suspect only picked up the keys and fled the location in the victim’s vehicle.”

Further details were not immediately available in either case. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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