In context: The latest in an apparently unrelated string of armed robberies in Floyd and Polk counties took place in Cedartown on Tuesday morning. Thanks to a witness, police there arrested a suspect in the case. It was the second time in a week an armed robbery suspect was caught soon after the crime. Rome Police arrested a suspect following the robbery of a South Rome store last week. Here’s the latest case:
Media release: Cedartown Police have arrested one suspect as an investigation into an early morning armed robbery continues.
Aaron Arrington, 27, of 928 Dever St., Rockmart, has been charged with armed robbery and is in the Polk County Jail.
According to Cedartown Police, a report of an armed robbery at Gulf Gas, 1325 S. Main St., was placed to Polk 911 at 3:48 a.m. on Jan. 14. Video surveillance showed a silver Hyundai Elantra occupied by two people pull into the gas station parking lot. Video then captured a male driver exiting the vehicle and entering the store, armed with a pistol. The suspect fired a shot into the air inside the store and demanded money. The money was given to the suspect, who is seen on video wearing a T-shirt and necklace, and he exited the store.
A good Samaritan witnessed the suspect fleeing the scene, alerted the police and followed the Elantra to 861 Akes Station Road, Cedartown. Moments later, law enforcement arrived at the Akes Station Road address. Arrington was discovered at the residence wearing what appeared to be the same shirt and necklace that video surveillance captured. After obtaining a search warrant, police searched the home and discovered a grocery bag containing U.S. currency. The bag that contained the money matched the bag captured on video during the crime.
The investigation is ongoing, as police work to identify the passenger who was inside the vehicle at the time of the armed robbery.