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Gas station robbed of cash, merchandise

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

COVINGTON -- Suspects got away with a substantial amount of cash in an apparent armed robbery New Year's Day at Magnet Shell station at 14656 Brown Bridge Road.

Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison said the female attendant at the gas station went outside to lock the ice box between 8:50 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. "When she did that, she felt something in her back and heard a male tell her to walk into the store or he would shoot her," Morrison said. "They walked into the store, and when they stopped he said 'do not move or turn around.'"

Morrison said the 51-year-old clerk then heard another man come into the store and the two stole an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise. The men left the store and the clerk called 911.

Morrison said the clerk was not able to get a description of the two men or the way they got away.

"She never even actually saw the gun, she just felt something in her back and he made the threat he would shoot her and she assumed he had a gun," Morrison said.

Morrison asked that anyone with information on this incident call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through its website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.