COOLIDGE, GA (WALB) - The Thomas County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men for an armed robbery in Coolidge, in which more than $10,000 was stolen.
Investigators say one of the suspects they arrested walked around the side where there aren't cameras and up to the front door, he immediately pulled out a gun, demanding money.
Thursday night, less than hour before the convenience store closed, the employee found himself in midst of an armed robbery. "I seen as soon as he came in the door and he had a gun, shotgun in my face," said the DM Food Mart store employee.
Investigators say that man is Barrington Mickens. The store clerk who did not want his face to be on camera says he didn't want to give up the money, even though the robber had a gun. "I was not willing to give him money because I work for the money hard,"
Eventually the employee says he had to make a quick decision to spare his own life and give him the money. "He had a gun and I had no choice, Nobody pulling in my store,"
The employee says he put the money inside a bag and handed it to Mickens who quickly took off out of the store.
Investigators say Mickens ran through a yard behind the store leaving evidence behind that was crucial to solving the case. "We found in a wooded area behind the store, a cash register till and a firearm that we believe was used in the robbery,"
The other man who was arrested was Jonathan Bryant, who was a regular in the store, sometimes coming in multiple times a day. "He was just sticking around right here in the store and I had no idea because every day he comes in the store,"
Bryant was identified as the 'getaway driver.' "We were able to determine that a vehicle that matches the description of the being driven by Mr. Bryant was seen in the area at approximately the time of the robbery on a side street we believe the suspect was picked up," said Investigator Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say Mickens and Bryant confessed to being involved in the robbery but gave conflicting stories. They're both charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mickens is also wanted for several burglaries in the area.