Two arrested, one sought for robberies in Thomaston

First Posted: 6:27 am - August 4th, 2015 Updated: 9:06 am - August 4th, 2015.

By Larry Stanford - lstanford@civitasmedia.com

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Thomaston has been plagued by a series of armed robberies of local businesses during the past few months, but an investigation by the Thomaston Police Department has resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the search for a third in connection with three of the robberies.

Thomaston Police Lieutenant Andrew Pippin issued a release Friday stating that “on July 30, 2015 the Thomaston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division obtained a17 felony arrest warrants on three suspects in the connection to the armed robberies that occurred on June 5, 2015 at Dollar General, located at 217 East Main Street, and the Family Dollar on Highway 19 and Mr. B’s Convenience Store located at 401 North Center Street, which occurred on July 3, 2015. The warrants are for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Two of the three suspects are currently in custody but due to the third suspect still wanted, this case remains open and the identity of the suspects will be released as soon as possible.”

In the Dollar General robbery on June 3, , a black male wearing a heavy black jacket with a hoodie, a black, cloth-like t-shirt concealing his face, and multi-colored tennis shoes entered the store just prior to closing.

“He pulled a handgun out of his jacket pocket and pointed it at the clerk, as well as approximately 12 people standing in line, three of them were children,” Lieutenant Pippin noted. “He told them not to move. The clerk gave him approximately $700 out of the cash register. He then fled on foot east on East Thompson Street. He was in the Dollar General approximately 26 seconds.”

The other two robberies happened on July 3 at about 10 pm. A 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.

Death investigation

The Thomaston Police Department is investigating what appears to have been an accidental drowning, pending an autopsy report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Medical Examiner.

Lt. Pippin said on July 29, 2015 at approximately 5:05 p.m., the Thomaston Police Department responded to 404 Thurston Avenue in Thomaston in reference to a possible drowning. At this location, a female was located in the bottom of the pool by the home owner, who subsequently got her out of the pool and attempted CPR. Upson EMS arrived on scene and also administered CPR to the female who was then transported to Upson Regional Medical Center. The female was identified as Leona Callaway, 47, of Thomaston. Callaway was pronounced dead at Upson Regional Medical Center at approximately 9:04 p.m.

According to reports, Callaway was a friend of the home owner and often spent time at the pool. She was at the pool with another friend earlier in the day, but was apparently alone at the time of the incident.


By Larry Stanford




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