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Two gunmen rob Mr. Pips, flee scene

Around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, two masked men robbed the cashier at Mr. Pips on Colquitt Highway at gunpoint. Following an investigation by the Decatur County Sheriff’s office, Tevin Gaines, 22, and Brian Henry, 29, were arrested in connection with the crime.

“The city got a call about an hour before that,” Investigator Jason Williams said. “They were trying to break into a house on North Miller Avenue and got out with them. I guess there wasn’t enough probable cause to arrest them, so they let them go.”

Williams said that a tip from a concerned citizen helped lead them to Gaines and Henry as the suspects had fled the scene by the time investigators arrived.

“I found Henry asleep on the porch at his house and I found Gaines walking down Washington Street,” Williams said. “I had a concerned citizen give me some information about two guys he had seen in the apartment complex that fit the description.”

Gaines is charged with two felony counts of armed robbery, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of aggravated assault. Henry is charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to Williams, Gaines, wearing a white/grey colored sweater and jeans, entered the store with a black and white bandana and sunglasses to cover his face. Gaines allegedly was holding a gun and told the cashier that “if [the cashier] did not move, he would shoot him.”

Henry had his face covered with a red bandana and dark sunglasses.

According to a witness that spoke to DCSO, Gaines and Henry stole between $400 and $500 from the store.

According to Williams, investigators recovered a firearm related to the robbery, but the money has not been recovered. The investigation is ongoing.

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