Robbery, burglary reported at stores

Published 7:26 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

An armed robbery was reported Monday night at the Quick Buys store on West Broad Street in the town of Climax.

The store was robbed shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday, when a masked man wielding a pistol demanded the store’s clerks give him money. He took several hundred dollars in cash before fleeing on foot. Two clerks described the robber as a black male wearing a blue ski mask, a dark-colored overshirt with a zipper, dark-colored work pants, dark-colored jersey-style gloves and white tennis shoes. His gun appeared to be a silver semi-automatic pistol.

Earlier on Monday, a burglary was discovered at Yogi’s convenience store, located at 2080 Dothan Road near Bainbridge city limits. Public Safety Investigator James Dollar reviewed the store’s surveillance video, which shows the robber throw a concrete block through the store’s glass door at about 1:30 a.m., go behind the counter and take three packs of cigarettes before leaving. According to Dollar, the burglary suspect is a black male who wore a blue mask, white tennis shows, denim shorts, a blue shirt and blue back pack.

Anyone with information on either robbery can call the Sheriff’s Office at 248-3044 or Bainbridge Public Safety at 248-2038. Tips can be made anonymously.

Three charged in money theft

BPS officers arrested a woman and two of her friends last Friday after she allegedly stole a bank envelope left behind by another customer at a convenience store.

The incident happened Friday afternoon at a West Bainbridge convenience store, where a customer reported an envelope containing approximately $500 cash had been taken off the store’s counter after she accidentally left it. Reviewing the store’s security video tape, BPS Investigator Dollar saw a woman who came in after the victim pay for a purchase, take the envelope and leave the store with two men.

A short time later, Dollar and other BPS officers found the suspects’ vehicle outside the Bainbridge Wal-Mart and waited for them to come outside. Some of the money taken from the envelope was found on the suspects’ persons and in talking with police, each stated they had taken some of the money and spent it.

Arrested and charged with theft by taking were Tawanna Denise Smith, 36, of 823 Zorn Road, Bainbridge; Alex Lamar Smith, 56, and Dewey \ c Griffin, 37, both of the same address.

BPS also arrested Griffin for misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Saturday during an unrelated traffic stop.