NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- An investigation into several armed robberies has turned up two arrests in Newton County.
Authorities said on Wednesday that they had been investigating six different robberies at area businesses between July 12 and Aug. 3 – more than one of those being at Dollar General stores.
So far, police say the latest arrests of 19-year-old Tolek Raphelle Johnson and a 16-year-old male, both of Lithonia, Georgia, have tied them to one of them. Evidence found upon their arrests also connected Johnson to several others.
At around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 two men went into the Dollar General at 12861 Hwy. 142 North in Oxford, Ga. Officials said the men, wearing black jackets and masks, intended to rob the store.
Authorities said one of the men pulled out a handgun before taking off in a silver car with a taillight out. Witnesses said the men were headed south on Highway 142 from Highway 81 toward Alcovy road the last time they were seen.
But it was that same night that several agencies across two counties had stepped up patrols – including a special task force appointed by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
A few minutes after an alert was issued over police air ways, Covington police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car in the robbery. Task force units soon converged on the area. The two suspects were quickly taken into custody.
A search warrant for the car turned up a gun, masks, and clothing that tied into other armed robberies.
Johnson now faces charges for allegedly robbing the Dollar General on Highway 81 on July 25 and another one at 5321 Highway 20 on July 24.
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