(AJC) – Two former Ingles employees have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Newton County store on Saturday, police said.

Jahmar Smith, 28, of Covington, and Lamont Castleberry, 29, were arrested and charged in connection with a robbery in the 9000 block of U.S. 278, Covington police spokesman Capt. Ken Malcom said.

“We have recovered a weapon, an amount of cash and clothing that we believe are related to this case,” Malcom said.

The store manager and an employee were taking the morning deposit to the bank about 7 a.m. when they were approached by an armed man in a ski mask and dark clothing.

When the armed man demanded money, the manager fired a shot toward him.

The man, who may have been struck by the gunshot, returned fire, Malcom said. The man shot three times at the truck but did not hit the manager.

Both Smith and Castleberry were being held at the Newton County jail.

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And now for today’s editions of “Good Guys with Guns,” we have an Ingles manager that a couple of former employees thought would be an easy target.

These two low-lifes waited until their former boss was on his way to make the morning cash deposit, when one of the masked men put a gun in the manager’s face and demanded the money.

(Frankly, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often, since this is how most businesses deposit their cash, but that’s besides the point.)

Unfortunately for the criminals, this manager was carrying a pistol (like a good Georgian) and was able to fight back.

The manager fired a single shot, allegedly striking the masked man, before fleeing from the scene unharmed.

Had the manager not been armed, this could have been a completely different story.

Thankfully that was not the case, and the manager and employee are safe while the former employees, now criminals, are in jail.

 

 

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