SNELLVILLE, Ga. – Police are using stolen lottery tickets to track down the suspect who assaulted and robbed a gas station clerk.

Police said on November 16, a black man wearing a tan coat, black hoodie and carrying brown cross-body bag entered the Exxon Gas Station in the 2100 block of Killian Hill Road and forced his way behind the counter. The suspect then held a black semi-automatic to the store clerk’s head and demanded he open the registers.

After beating the employee ‘multiple times in the back of the head with the handgun’ the victim complied. Police said the suspect stole thousands of dollars and approximately seven unopened packs of scratch-off Georgia Lottery Tickets and cigarettes.

Photos courtesy of Gwinnett County Police

After contacting the Georgia Lottery about the stolen pack numbers, police said Georgia Lottery investigators found several locations where the tickets were cashed.

Police said three transactions happened the same day as the armed robbery.

Around 4 p.m. on November 16, a black man wearing a camouflage jacket cashed some of the stolen tickets at the Kroger in the 3050 block of Five Forks Trickum Road in unincorporated Lilburn.

Photos courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department

Following that, three additional suspects were caught on camera cashing more of the stolen tickets at the Exxon Gas Station in the 3580 block of Lee Road. Then, hours later, around 6:30 p.m., two of the suspects were captured on camera cashing, even more, tickets at the QuikTrip at 2008 Scenic Highway. They also apparently made appearances at the Quicktrip at 2949 Five Forks Trickum Road and the Exxon at 3020 Five Forks Trickum Road.

Police said the suspects were driving a silver or grey 4-door Pontiac passenger car.

If you recognize these people or have any information on this case, you are asked to call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.