COVINGTON -- There were two armed robberies reported in Newton County over the weekend, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
The first incident took place Friday night around 10 p.m. at Double Dips restaurant at 2158 Ga. Highway 81, North, Oxford.
NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said the owners and employees of the restaurant were preparing to shut the business down for the day when a black man came through the back door, brandishing a handgun.
"He pointed his weapon at the occupants and demanded money," Crum said, adding that he took the receipts from the business.
"He fled out the back door on foot in an unknown direction," Crum said. Deputies and crime scene technicians responded to the scene and although the K-9 Unit was called, the dog was unable to track the suspect.
The suspect is described as being in his 20s or 30s, 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds, and dressed in sweat pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
"The case is still under investigation," Crum said.
The second incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the female clerk at the Shell Food Mart at 14656 Brown Bridge Road went outside the store to lock the ice machines.
"Two black male subjects approached her and forced her back into the store. One of the males had a handgun," Crum said.
Once inside the store, the two took money from the register, cigarettes, lottery tickets and other items.
The two left on foot and headed in the direction of Rockdale County.
The only description given was of one of the men who was said to be about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and had a deep voice.
NCSO investigators ask that anyone with information on either of these incidents to call 678-625-1400; or if you wish to remain anonymous, go to the Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and click on anonymous tips.