CORINTH - Corinth police are investigating the city's third armed robbery reported in three days.

The Chevron gas station on U.S. 72 in Corinth was robbed by a man armed with a large, automatic handgun about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, said Corinth Police Chief Fred Johnson.

The clerk, who was forced to open the cash register on threat of being shot, described the robber as a tall, thin black male, approximately 40 to 45 years old, Johnson said. He had a short beard and was wearing a gray derby-type hat and a gray-striped shirt. He also had some dark spots on his face.

Police are investigating the possibility the Chevron robbery could be related to the Tuesday armed robbery of the Executive Inn, located next to the gas station, Johnson said.

"There are some similarities (in the description of the suspect) that makes it a possibility," Johnson said.

Police on Wednesday charged a suspect in an unrelated armed robbery attempt and aggravated assault at Wendy's, also reported early Tuesday morning.

Because of the apparent increase in the reported armed robberies, Johnson said he is urging merchants to take security precautions.

-Michaela Gibson Morris

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