Lowes Foods in Brighton Park was robbed this morning as the grocery store opened. Mint Hill Police report that a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and white and black shoes sat on a bench near the store until the doors were opened. The man then came into the store wearing a white mask and carrying a handgun. He demanded that employees turn over the money. The suspect is described as a black male of average height and he is estimated to be in his 20s to 30s. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction of travel with an undisclosed amount of money that was taken from the store.

Police are still processing video footage which will be available at a later time. Please contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704-889-2231 with any information on this incident.