UPDATE: BGPD investigating armed robbery

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Police Department is investigating an armed robbery they say happened around 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Kroger on Campbell Lane.

"When officers arrived, the suspect had already gone," says Ronnie Ward, with the Bowling Green Police Department.

"Employees told police that a man entered the store and asked for several cartons of cigarettes, and when the employee brought the cigarettes to him, he had a gun and what looked like a plastic trash bag that he told the employee to put the cigarettes in," adds Ward.

Watching surveillance video, police are still trying to determine if the gun was actually pointed at the employee or not.

"Either way, he had a gun with him and his intent was to rob the store," says Ward.

Caught on that surveillance video, the suspect is seen taking the cigarettes and running out the door.

Police are calling this an unusual crime.

"I wouldn't say robberies are rare, but I would say it's rare to rob a grocery store, and then to rob just cigarettes," continues Ward.

As of Tuesday police are still searching for the suspect.

Ward says, "We're looking at surveillance video, then we're looking to see if we can determine what vehicle he got into or if he walked away."

And far as the rate of crime in our area, Ward explains, "Crime is always consistent. Doesn't ever seem to-- in Bowling Green-- be an influx or lowering either."

He goes on to say, "What we tell people is just to be vigilant and to keep their eyes open and to look around."

According to Ward, Kroger employees told police there were few, if any, customers at the store during the time of the incident.

Police say the gun was never fired in the store, and no one was injured.

Officers say the charge for this crime is robbery first degree, which is a class B felony.

They're asking for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE.

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