October 18, 2018

Two local residents charged in Powers Crossroads armed robbery

(Franklin, GA) — Two local suspects alleged to have committed a convenience store robbery over the weekend were taken into custody this week in Panama City, Fla.

Derrick Casey White (Photo: Panama City News Herald)

Derrick Casey White (Photo: Panama City News Herald)

Investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office say 28-year-old Derrick Casey White and 28-year-old Megan Leigh Goodson committed armed robbery at the Powers Crossroads Country store over the weekend.

The robbery allegedly occurred just after 10 p.m. on Sunday night when White entered the store with a mask on his face, brandished a weapon and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager.

Authorities responded to the scene with a tracking dog and began following the trail behind the store, but ultimately lost the scent. Detectives believe the suspect may have had a vehicle parked nearby or was picked up.

Using video footage recovered from inside the store, investigators were able to develop several leads and ultimately identified White and Goodson.

With assistance from the Panama City Police Department, officers were able to positively identify the suspects who were both taken into custody using the arrest warrants issued for them in Coweta County, said Yeager.

Megan Leigh Goodson (Photo: Panama City News Herald)

Megan Leigh Goodson (Photo: Panama City News Herald)

Investigators from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Panama City on Monday to continue their investigation where more evidence tying the suspects to the robbery was uncovered, according to reports.

“Through working with the victims of the robbery and other agencies, we were able to identify these subjects and locate them in a little over 24 hours,” Yeager told Clay Neely of the Times-Herald.

“We’re continuing to work with the Panama City Police Department and extradite them back to Coweta County based on the charges of armed robbery.”

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.

(Clay Neely and The Newnan Times-Herald contributed to this report)

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