An observant employee was the key to solving an armed robbery at Mapco, said Covington police.
On Wednesday, April 23, two masked men came into the gas station where Laneika Jackson is a cashier, demanding money and carrying a handgun.
“One of the subjects stayed near the counter and took $59 from the register,” said Det. Jack Howell. “The other went behind the counter and took numerous packs of cigarettes.”
Jackson recognized the men, and she told police it wasn’t the first time they tried.
“She knew the two to be frequent customers,” Howell said. “She had observed the two several weeks ago at the southeast side of the building putting on masks, but she had locked the door before entry was made.”
Two days after the armed robbery, they came back into the store. Howell said Jackson called police, telling them the pair had just left the gas station and were walking.
Davoris Polk and Michael Johnson, both 21, were later arrested at Broadmeadow Place Apartments and charged in the crime.
This robbery isn’t an isolated case, either.
In the same area on April 19, two individuals ran into a business and robbed an employee at gunpoint. According to police reports, the suspects jumped the counter, assaulted the employee and stole money.
On North High Street Monday evening, several suspects attempted to rob a woman carrying items into her home. They were unsuccessful in their attempt.
Fighting crime with more involvement
In an effort to make the city safer, police chief Buddy Lewis has announced a series of initiatives that will put more officers in high-crime areas.
“The Covington Police Department is dedicated to make certain that the streets, neighborhoods, business districts and public parks are safe so that we all can live in an environment that will be a great place to raise our families and enjoy the small town atmosphere,” he said.
In the upcoming weeks, there will be saturations in high-crime areas of the city, narcotics saturations to pursue illegal drug dealers and prescription drug abuse and an aggressive traffic enforcement campaign to target drunken driving offenses, speeding, distracted driver violations and loud music ordinances.
Lewis also said the department will begin a public relations program and establish Neighborhood Watch programs as well.
“I want to spend time in our neighborhoods talking to people and listening to the issues their neighborhoods are experiencing.”
He said the public relations campaign will begin at the first Music on the Square event on Saturday, May 3. CPD will have a tent where he and other officers will answers questions and discuss issues.
“We look forward to being involved in our community events and this will allow our officers to build relationships with the people we serve,” said Lewis.
For more information, the Covington Police Department can be contacted at 901-475-1261.covingtonpolicedepartment.wordpress.com.