BIBB COUNTY, Ga. – A 17-year-old boy is charged with attempted robbery in a supermarket in central Georgia as an adult.

The Bibb County sheriff’s office said Tyrek Blackshear was at the Mercer Food Mart in Macon trying to play a slot machine when he was approached by a worker asking for ID. Then MPs said Blackshear pulled out a gun and asked for cash from the cash register.

The worker was able to lock himself behind a protective plexiglass counter and forced Blackshear to leave the shop empty-handed.

When MPs got to the store, they received a description of Blackshear and began looking for the suspect. Authorities later found Blackshear, and a toy gun they said was used in the attempted robbery along the 1,600 block of North Atwood Drive.


Blackshear was arrested and taken to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Center. He is being detained without ties for armed robbery.

Nobody was injured.

If anyone has any information about this incident, please call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or the Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.