A restaurant popular with law enforcement officials, Jimmie’s Hot Dogs, at 204 S. Jackson St. was robbed at about 5:05 p.m. Friday. The Albany Police Department cuffed a suspect within minutes.
ALBANY, Ga. —A man decided to rob Jimmie's Hot Dogs, a restaurant popular with law enforcement officials about a block from Albany Police Department headquarters, at about 5 p.m. Friday.
“They caught him running up the alley in minutes,” said Jimmie’s owner Tommy Mathes. “We’ve never had a problem before this.”
At times like this, uniform officers, Gang Unit officers and Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents converge to make an arrest. According to a police report, ADDU agent George Camp Sr. apprehended 44-year-old Dwayne Kenneth McNair after a foot chase on Jefferson Street at Whitney Avenue.
McNair was booked into Dougherty County jail and charged with robbery by snatching, the report added.
No one was injured in the robbery, but counter servers at the 204 S. Jackson St. restaurant were shook up. Cashier Priscilla Bruner told how the man approached her.
“He ordered six hot dogs. Then he said he was waiting for his girl with the cash,” Bruner said. “The lady in front of him gave me a $20 bill and I opened the drawer to make change.”
The man jumped behind the counter and grabbed at the recently emptied register drawer, Bruner said. He then ran away.
“I just changed the drawer out,” Mathes said. “He couldn’t get more than a hundred or two. Now his life is ruined.”
If he had been in the restaurant five minutes earlier he could have met an Albany Police officer on dinner break or a Dougherty County Sheriff’s deputy stopping in for a couple slaw-dogs.
Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler was sitting in his car outside when the robbery went down. He is a witness. Despite police having a suspect in hand, Fowler declined to talk about the robbery at the scene.
Jimmies, billed as “The King of the Hot Dog” has been in business since the 1940s, Mathes said. He has owned and operated it since 1992.
“Never a problem like this,” Mathes said. “We are across from the police station.”