COVINGTON - An employee at the Shell Food Mart on Salem Road was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell said deputies were summoned to the station, located at 3633 Salem Road, about 9 p.m. The female store clerk said a masked man entered the store, brandished a weapon and demanded money from the cash register.
Mitchell said the woman gave him the money and he fled on foot, running away from the business.
"No direction of travel was noted," Mitchell said.
The woman described the man as a "skinny" black man, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a mask.
"No further suspect information was given," Mitchell said.
In other crime news, a couple was robbed at gunpoint Dec. 1 as they pulled into the driveway of their home on Alcovy Circle.
Mitchell said the couple stated they were returning home from work when they were approached by three black men.
"They said the three males all brandished pistols and demanded their money," Mitchell said.
An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the woman's purse before the three fled on foot, according to the victims.
Mitchell said deputies arrived quickly and established a perimeter but were unable to find the suspects.
The suspects are described as young, between 18 to 20 years of age, and wearing all black clothing. Heights and weights were given as: 6 feet, 180 to 200 pounds; 5 feet, 10 inches, weighing 170 pounds; and 5 feet, 7 inches, weighing 160 pounds.
The NCSO asks that anyone with information on either of these incidents call 678-625-1412. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.
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