Sunny Food Mart robber still at large

Diedre Smith
Posted 8/20/19

Tommy Killough didn’t believe it at first.

The Madisonville resident was outside of the recently-opened Sunny Food Mart on North May Street when cashier Naz Shamas bolted out the convenience store’s door.

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Sunny Food Mart robber still at large

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Tommy Killough didn’t believe it at first.

The Madisonville resident was outside of the recently-opened Sunny Food Mart on North May Street when cashier Naz Shamas bolted out the convenience store’s door.

“I was doing some cleaning outside when I heard Naz come outside shaking like a leaf and saying that he had been robbed,” Killough said. “I was so shocked that I immediately thought he was joking.”

Indeed, Sunny Food Mart, a relatively new fixture in Madisonville, got robbed for $877.68 late on the morning of Aug. 10. In a relatively rare sight for the city, the armed robber actually fired his pistol into the store’s cash register during the larceny.

“He came running into the store with a bag in one hand and a gun in the other as I was stocking some items in the cooler and he told me to give him the money, so I did,” said Shamas, the cashier on duty the day of the incident.

Standing only a foot away from the cashier, the suspect fired a warning shot into the register seeming to be looking for more money hidden underneath the register till, Shamas said. After grabbing his fill of only bills and rolls of change, he quickly fled the scene taking only minutes to commit the crime.

Madisonville police quickly answered the Saturday morning 911 call, but the suspect had already absconded with the cash. Police are still taking crime stopper tips and evidence from the surveillance tape in attempts to to identify the suspect.

Robbery is a unfamiliar in occurrence in Madisonville, which has seen only eight robberies in three years: Two in 2017, a high of four in 2018 and to so far in 2019, including the Sunny Food Mart.

Naveed Sunny, the active store manager, had a certain feeling about the identity of the suspect as he said, “He seemed familiar to us after watching the tape back. We think he was a frequent customer or maybe a local who came in every day if not every other day for weeks.”

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert noted that Shamas reacted correctly during the robbery by following all directions.

“If ever faced with a robbery situation, always make sure to comply with the robber’s wishes to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you,” Gilbert said.

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