Vic­tim beaten in armed rob­bery

Masked as­sailant made off with $600

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Tyler Smith

A con­ve­nience store clerk was pis­tol whipped early Tues­day morn­ing dur­ing an armed rob­bery of the Elling­ton’s Shell sta­tion lo­cated at 20 Salem Cir­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to a New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ci­dent re­port, the clerk was in the process of open­ing the store and was mak­ing cof­fee with his back to the front door when he re­port­edly heard a man be­hind him say, “Hold up. Freeze.”

Af­ter lead­ing the clerk be­hind the counter, the sus­pect re­port­edly struck the vic­tim in the back sev­eral times with a sil­ver au­to­matic pis­tol. While the clerk was on the ground from his wounds, the rob­ber snatched the money from two reg­is­ters and stuffed it into

one of the store’s white plas­tic bags with “Thank You” writ­ten in red on the sides.

The sus­pect then re­port­edly fled the store on foot headed north. An es­ti­mated $600 was taken from the tills.

Se­cu­rity footage from the store re­port­edly in­di­cates the rob­ber wore a pair of medium col­ored blue jeans, dark shoes, a black coat with a hood adorned with sev­eral white stars and a pair of light blue gloves dec­o­rated with white cir­cles or stars.

The wit­ness re­port­edly es­ti­mated the sus­pect to be ap­prox­i­mately 5 feet 11 inches tall and 160 pounds. He also said the man wore a black mask, pos­si­bly a sock cap, over his face and had a thick south­ern ac­cent.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the case is asked to call the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at (678) 6251403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site­ton­sh­er­if­

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