Thursday, October 30, 2008
Store robbed of cash
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a suspect who held up Lake Center Grocery late Monday afternoon, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call of armed robbery at the grocery around 6 p.m. Deputies saturated the area while the DeSoto County air unit sent a search helicopter to help look for the suspect, who left the scene on foot after taking about $1,000 in cash and checks he demanded at gunpoint from the clerk, Dickerson said.
“The suspect walked into the store and put a gun to the head of the clerk and demanded all the money from the cash register,” Dickerson said.
The suspect, a black male estimated to be in his 20s and wearing dark clothing, a cap and skull mask, was still at large as of Tuesday this week. The suspect appeared to be of medium build.
The incident is the second at the store in the month of October, Dickerson said.
Dickerson asked anyone who has any information regarding the armed robbery to contact Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 or the sheriff’s office at 662-252-1311. Callers do not have to leave their name with authorities when providing tips and all information will be kept in strict confidence.
Dickerson reported arrests of suspects in two previous country store incidents this year.
Three suspects at large in an armed robbery of a country store on Wall Hill Road on January 27 this year were apprehended in Memphis. Matthew Newson, 22, of 1499 Swift Road, Memphis, Tenn., Tyrone Demarcus Loveberry, 17, of 372 Powers Road, Coldwater, and Fredrick Burnside, 23, of 107 Tucker Road, Byhalia, were arrested and charged with armed robbery in the incident. Newson was arrested on June 1, Loveberry on August 26, and Burnside on October 16 this year, Dickerson said. Newson and Loveberry are currently out on $50,000 bond and $25,000 bond, respectively. Burnside is in jail on $100,000 bond.
In the armed robbery, $1,500 in cash was taken from the store clerk.
Two suspects were arrested and charged with burglary of a grocery on Highway 309 South, an incident that occurred April 25 this year.
Kenny Ray Newsom, 22, of 795 Wall Hill Road, Byhalia, and April Mae Jeans, 24, of 77 Cally Drive, Byhalia, were charged with burglary of the grocery. Newsom’s bond was set at $10,000 and he remains in jail held without bond on a prior felony charge. Newsom faces several other burglary charges, Dickerson said. Jeans is out of jail on $5,000 bond.
Other arrests and charges reported by Dickerson this week include:
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