Alleged armed robber hit Summit gas twice; once with box cutter

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 24, 2013 

Willie Shanks

The first time Willie Shanks allegedly robbed the Summit gas station on Veterans Parkway, he got away without being recognized

He didn't have such luck the second time he allegedly robbed the same Summit station, not even a week later.

Shanks pleaded not guilty to two counts of armed robbery in Recorder's Court Thursday.

According to police testimony, Shanks allegedly first robbed the Summit gas station at 1500 Veterans Pkwy on Oct. 1, at about 12:45 a.m.

Police said that he hung around the gas station, collected a few items to buy — and then went behind the counter, grabbed a box cutter and demanded cash from the cashier.

Shanks got away with $335.

The camera wasn't working that night, police said in court. But the clerk said she would be able to identify Shanks if she saw him again.

Days later, on the morning of Oct. 6, Shanks struck again with the same m.o., police said — waiting until the store cleared out and then going behind the counter.

The second time, he allegedly only threatened to harm the clerk. It wasn't clear from surveillance that he had a weapon on him.

After taking $414, Shanks fled the Summit once again.

Police said that, two days later, the two clerks who witnessed the robberies contacted officers. They had seen Shanks and positively identified him.

Both women appeared in court Thursday to confirm their identifications. They said they both recognized him from before the robberies as well.

Shanks did not make a statement.

According to the Muscogee County Jail, no bond has been set for either count of armed robbery.

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