Masked men rob food mart, steal lotto tick­ets

Rob­bery the fourth in two weeks

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

An­other week an­other armed rob­bery in New­ton County.

This time two black men made off with $280 in cash and $100 in lot­tery tick­ets Mon­day when they robbed Dis­count Food Mart lo­cated on Ga. High­way 142, said New­ton County Sher­iff’s Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son.

One of the men en­tered the store at ap­prox­i­mately 10 p.m. wield­ing a hand­gun while the sec­ond man stood guard out­side. The man inside re­port­edly shoved the gun into the clerk’s face and de­manded money. On the way out, the rob­ber re­port­edly took $100 worth of lot­tery tick­ets to go along with the $280 he took from the reg­is­ter.

Both men were clad in all black, with their hands and faces cov­ered as well.

Wat­ter­son said if the thieves at­tempt to cash in the lot­tery tick­ets, an alert will ap­pear on the cashier’s com­puter screen iden­ti­fy­ing the tick­ets as stolen. Once the alert is given, cashiers are trained to call the po­lice.

The rob­bery is the 42 in New­ton County since Nov. 26, 2006. Four of those rob­beries have oc­curred in the past two weeks. Wat­ter­son at­trib­uted the re­cent surge in armed rob­beries to the hol­i­day sea­son, his­tor­i­cally one of the busiest times of the year for law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

New­ton County ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar spree from the end of Au­gust to the mid­dle of Septem­ber when 10 armed rob­beries oc­curred.

“ We have made some ar­rests in some of th­ese cases while oth­ers have kind of hit a dead end,” Wat­ter­son said. “ We are al­ways look­ing for any in­for­ma­tion the pub­lic can give us on this case or any other case.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the rob­bery on Ga. High­way 142 is asked to call the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at ( 678) 625- 1403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at ( 678) 625- 5007 or on their Web site www. new­ton­sh­er­if­fga. org.

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