By BRIAN HAWKINS
At least three people have been charged with armed robbery in connection with the Sunday night holdup of a west Starkville convenience store, Police Department detectives say.
The New Lite Grocery at 1218 Highway 12 West at New Light Road was robbed at gunpoint shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.
Henry Lee Neal, 19, of 114 Northside Drive, Starkville, was charged with armed robbery, and two juveniles ages 15 and 16, were also charged with armed robbery. SPD detectives say more arrests may be pending in connection with the case.
At 7:54 p.m. Sunday, SPD officers were notified by E-911 operators of an armed robbery in progress at the New Lite Grocery.
According to police reports, two suspects entered the store armed with a shotgun while customers were inside. Both were black males who attempted to cover their faces by wearing garbage bags over their heads, police say.
The suspects demanded money from the cashiers and took what police say was an "undetermined" amount of cash before fleeing the store on foot.
The suspect carrying the shotgun was described as a black male wearing blue jeans and a white hooded shirt. The other suspect — the one who grabbed the money from the store's cash registers — was a described as a black male with a heavier build and wearing darker clothing.
Responding SPD patrol officers quickly searched the immediate area around the store and developed leads in the investigation that led to the arrests that have been made.
Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Police Department at 323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.
All Crime Stoppers tips are confidential and could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller if the tip leads to an arrest in this case or any felony crime.