HAYS COUNTY (KXAN) - What a way to close your store for good.
A gunman dressed in black and concealing his face robbed the Hays City Store and Cafe early Thursday and made off with an undisclosed about of cash, authorities said.
The robbery was captured on security video, but the gunman got away.
The Hays County Sheriff's Office said the robbery happened about 6:30 a.m. at the remote store at the intersection of 150 and FM 3237, serving folks in Driftwood, Kyle and Wimberly.
Steve and Dee Dee Parker owned the store 16 years and Thursday was their closing, only to find Steve robbed at gun point.
"I came here for everything from tacos and beer to motor oil," said Loyal customer Michael Hanson. Asked where he'd go now to shop, Hanson rubbed his chin and said, "Hmmmm."
Hays County deputies say the gunman got away with cash and the owner lost sight of him.
The store was ironically located adjacent to a deputies substation, but no one was on duty during the robbery.
The sheriff's office said tips can be called in at 512-393-7814 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The number to Hays County Crime Stoppers is 800-324.8477.
The robbery is similar to one carried out at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 2 in Fayetteville, Security video showed a man dressed like the one who robbed the Hays City Store. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said it is looking into whether the robberies are connected.
Tonya Hinds, a niece to the Parkers says, "It's sad to end on a note like that but we're thankful Steve is okay."
Lawmen now want to catch the bandit, Steve and Dee, on vacation along the Frio River, just want to catch some fish.
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