Four people were arrested over the weekend in connection with a robbery outside Newton Federal Bank early Sunday morning.
Wakenya Sanders, 23, along with two juveniles were charged with armed robbery while Lacy Lyle, 21, was charged with obstruction of an officer.
Covington Police Detective Mike Tinsley said there is usually an increase in juvenile crime during school breaks, but the crimes are not normally so serious.
A McDonald's employee was robbed at gun point by the two juveniles Sunday morning while she attempted to deposit money at Newton Federal Bank located on U.S. Highway 278.
The victim arrived at the bank shortly after 2 a.m. intending to deposit approximately $1,889 in the night deposit box. After exiting her car, two masked black juveniles reportedly rounded the west side of the building, approaching the victim from behind.
One of the teenagers reportedly grabbed the woman in a bear-hug-style hold and pointed a gun to her right check before forcing her onto the car. The robber reportedly demanded the money, which she was carrying in a clear plastic bag with the word "Trak" written in green.
The two juveniles then ran west from the scene toward Stone Mountain Street. Two witnesses, who were both with the victim, attempted to chase the robbers on foot but eventually lost contact with the juveniles.
Thanks to the witnesses, patrol officers had an idea of where the juveniles were headed. Tinsley said the officers were able obtain the suspects' names from people in a nearby neighborhood.
"The uniform patrol officers did an outstanding job on this case," Tinsley said.
The gunman was described as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 130 pounds wearing a long sleeved black shirt, dark colored jeans and a red face mask. The second juvenile, who was reportedly caring a knife, was described as wearing a black shirt, black jeans with a red stripe and a similar red face mask.
Tinsley said Sanders acted as a lookout for the juveniles while Lyle lied about receiving some of the stolen cash. Most of the money was recovered after the arrests. All suspects reportedly admitted their involvement in the case.
Deposit robberies are often inside jobs, Tinsley said, with one of the offenders working at the business. One of the suspects was employed at McDonald's.