Robbery Spree in Grady County

By: Sherea Harris
By: Sherea Harris

Everything appears normal at the Quick Buy store, but employees are on edge and nervous after being robbed Sunday night, the second time in two weeks.

Felicia Nix, the manager, says, "It's been real quiet around here and now everything's bizarre; it's crazy."

In Sunday's robbery the suspect is shown on surveillance video buying coffee and even conversing with the clerk.

CAPT Scott Newberry of the Grady County Sheriff's Office says, "She opened the register and he leaped on the counter with a knife and reached in and got the money out."

It was the video that helped investigators get a positive description of the man who had a previous criminal background in Thomas County.

CAPT Newberry adds, "We matched a latent fingerprint that we recovered and got Thomas County to identify the print."

The hunt for the suspect was called off Tuesday morning as information and evidence from both Thomas and Grady Counties warranted an arrest.

CAPT. Newberry says, "We went to 132 South College Street in Thomasville where we discovered the suspect hiding in the attic."

Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan L. Wooten was arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Felicia Nix says, "I hope they get jail time; five, 10, 20 years or life. They shouldn't be able to do this to anybody."

Nix says she doesn't feel as safe in the store, but at least for now she's certain that Wooten won't victimize anyone else.

Wooten is in custody at the Thomas County Jail. He has not been connected to the first robbery. Grady County authorities are still interviewing suspects in that crime.


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