HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: Due to a photo that was released during the initial investigation, tips came forward that result in the arrest of a CVS employee around 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning, according to the police.
The employee confessed her role in orchestrating the robbery, including waiting in a getaway vehicle while the crime was being carried out. Officers are still seeking a male suspect.
The female employee, Jamese Jivonne Gregory, 27, is being held in Jefferson County Jail on charges of Robbery 1st Degree with a $20,000 bond.
ORIGINAL: Hoover Police are looking for the suspect responsible for an armed robbery at the CVS Pharmacy on Chace Drive.
They say around 4:30 a.m. Sunday a man walked into CVS carrying a shotgun and demanded money from the registers. He then forced the clerk at gunpoint to the back of the store and demanded the clerk open the safe.
Police say the clerk grabbed the shotgun and fought off the suspect, but at some point the shotgun went off. Fortunately, the shot was fired into the floor and the victim came away with only minor injuries.
Captain Gregg Rector with the Hoover Police Department says generally they recommend complying with a robber who is holding a gun, but every situation is different and this one had about as good an ending as it could have had.
“I think in this case, the victim felt like this person felt like he was in danger and he felt like he had an opportunity and maybe the ability to take that gun away from that person, so I certainly can’t criticize him for the actions that he took. And it could’ve turned out worse if not for him confronting this person,” said Rector.
He said business robberies are not common in Hoover and the department has three detectives assigned to the case. In addition to surveillance, police also have other evidence left behind at the scene.
“I don’t know that we’re going to solve this case, but I feel pretty good about some of the evidence that we have. We’re fortunate the shotgun that was used in this crime was actually left behind so that shotgun may be a treasure trove of evidence for us,” said Rector.
The clerk was transported to UAB Medical West in Hoover, treated for minor injuries and released.
If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.