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Citi Trends employees are robbed

COVINGTON - Two employees of Citi Trends, located at 3205 Elm St. in the shopping complex where El Charro Mexican restaurant is located, were robbed at gunpoint about 9 p.m. Sunday as they left the store, according to the Covington Police Department.

An incident report completed by Officer Brent Fuesting states that two women employees were leaving the store to drop off the night deposit when they were approached by a black man brandishing a handgun.

The women said the man said, "Drop it, shorty," and both women dropped their purses to the ground. One of the purses contained $7,000 in store receipts.

The man was described as having light skin, standing about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a black hoodie, black sneakers and a black hat with a black scarf over his face.

The women said he fled on foot behind the Auto Zone store, but when police arrived at the scene, a search of the area proved futile.

Police ask anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspect in this case to call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."

In other crime news, the Dixie Food Mart on Ga. Highway 142 was burglarized just after midnight Sunday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

According to an incident report completed by Deputy Brad Verzinskie, he was dispatched to the store when the burglar alarm was activated.

"Upon my arrival, I found a brown Dodge van parked in front ... and the left side front door (of the business) had been busted out with a large rock," the report reads.

Contact was made with the owner of the van, who told the officers she had loaned it to someone.

The Porterdale Police canine officer came to the scene with his dog, which found tracks in the back of the store, but lost the scent after several hundred yards.

Video surveillance showed the perpetrator was a black man, wearing a black and white checked jacket and dark colored pants, white socks, black shoes and a tan "bucket" hat.

Several cartons of cigarettes were taken from the business.

The investigation is ongoing. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or by going to their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.