The Fourth of July holiday weekend is often a slow one with few things going on in town, however that was not the case this year for the Thomaston Police Department. This past weekend TPD officers responded to a robbery at Mr. B’s convenience store on North Center Street and a drive-by shooting that occurred on Short E Street over the three-day weekend. As of press time, according to Lt. Andrew Pippin, both investigations are still ongoing.
On Friday, July 3, at approximately 10 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at Mr. B’s convenience store. Lt. Pippin stated the incident began when one black male attempted to rob Family Dollar on North Center Street while two other black males waited around the building. However, he was unable to get into the store due to the doors already being locked for the night. The group then walked down the street to Mr. B’s, where one male went inside, pointed a gun at a customer and the cashier clerk and demanded money. The cashier handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the individuals fled the scene in the direction of East Walker Street.
On Sunday, July 5, a Thomaston woman was injured on her way to work when a vehicle pulled up next to her on Short E Street and a person inside drew a gun and began shooting at her.
“The woman was at the stop sign and made a right turn going towards Walgreens when a car pulled around next to her heading in the same direction,” said Lt. Pippin. “The driver then began shooting at the woman through her driver side door.”
The incident happened around 6 a.m. and a total of three shots were fired at the woman’s car, one striking her in the shoulder. The victim drove herself home, where she called 911 to report the incident and was later transported to Macon Medical with non-life threatening injuries.
Lt. Pippin stated the Thomaston Police Department is pursuing suspects in both incidents, but have not made any arrests as of press time. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Thomaston Police Department at 706-647-5455.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1