In need of Newports 

Police are seeking men who robbed three businesses in two months, taking cash and Newport cigarettes.

In the first incident, a black male wearing a multi–colored hooded jacket entered the Circle K in the 7200 block of Abercorn at 9:42 p.m. on Feb. 13, and produced a  handgun. He forced the clerk to turn over cash from the store and then demanded a carton of Newport cigarettes.

He fled with a second black male, wearing a grey hooded shirt, who had been standing outside the door.

Just before 1 a.m. on March 26, a man holding what appeared to be a gun under his clothing walked into Walgreens in the 11000 block of  Abercorn Street and told the clerk to open the register.

He followed her behind the counter and pulled money from the drawer then left the business and immediately returned to steal packs of Newports.

The man and a second man dressed in all black who had been watching the door fled on foot. The first was described as a black male, 5–1 to 5–2 and 120 pounds, wearing a red hooded jacket, black pants and a black bandana over his face. The second was described as a taller black male in all black clothing.

Two men also robbed the Sandfly Convenience Store at  11 p.m. that night. The first, in his early 20s, was described as 6–0 with a slim build, white and red sweat shirt and his face covered with a white bandana.

His hair was in short twisties and he was holding a chrome handgun. The second man wore a dark sweat shirt with his face covered with a black object. He was described as 6–0, bald, with a slim build and was holding a black handgun.

The first man entered the store, produced the gun and demanded money.  He then climbed over the counter, forced the clerk to open the register, and grabbed money and several packs of Newport Cigarettes.  The second man stayed at the door and pointed a gun at clerks.  He then told the first man to get the clerks’ purses.

• Police are investigating two shootings last week. Jason Roberson, 33, of Garfield Street, escaped life–threatening injuries after he was shot on the front porch of a house on East Gwinnet Street just before midnight.

Roberson was standing with others on the porch when a small car stopped in the street and a man stepped out with an assault rifle, fired several shots at the house and hit Roberson. The gunman reentered the car and fled.

In the second shooting James McKenith, 41 of Pooler, was found with a life–threatening gunshot wound in Yamacraw Village just before 2 a.m.

He told police he was visiting an apartment and was knocking on the back door when a man in a white T–shirt walked up and shot him.

He ran to another area of the complex before collapsing and was transported to Memorial where he was listed in critical condition after emergency surgery.

• Someone stole 10 traffic control signal boxes stolen from a City of Savannah storage facility.

he boxes, valued at about $8,000 each, were taken from the Traffic Engineering storage facility on Louisville Road after someone removed a gate and drove into the yard.



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