Macon Police Chief Mike Burns has asked the GBI to investigate allegations of missing money from an armed robbery attempt in July.
“We were asked by the (police department) to assist in the investigation into allegations of missing money ... following their response to an armed robbery,” said Gary Rothwell, agent in charge of the GBI in Perry.
According to a GBI document, the money was reported missing after police responded to an armed robbery and shootout July 5 at Expert Wireless on Mercer University Drive. Police requested the GBI’s assistance July 13.
The document does not say how much money was reported missing.
“If something comes back from the crime scene and it doesn’t match up (to what was reported) and it’s in our control, we let the GBI come in,” Burns told The Telegraph. “They can come in and look at it in an unbiased way. Hopefully, there’s nothing to it.”
Burns said he didn’t know the exact amount of money involved, but it wasn’t a large amount. He said all civilian and police employees that had access have been interviewed by the GBI.
Burns said in a statement that he is not naming the officers involved in the case because it is an “open, ongoing investigation.”
“When the GBI has completed its investigation, we will disclose their findings,” Burns said in the release.
During the robbery, Shemicka and Derrell Johnson, owners of the cell phone store, exchanged gunfire with a man who walked in and pretended to be a customer before pulling a gun on the couple.
The Johnsons were not injured, but a Tennessee man, 29-year-old Rashan Lateel Jordan, was wounded multiple times. Jordan was later charged with attempted armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.
After the incident, Derrell Johnson told The Telegraph that about $2,000 left on a desk during the robbery attempt was missing. He said he was not sure if Jordan took it or it got lost in the chaos. Shemicka Jordan said Thursday that she was unaware of police recovering money taken from the store.
“I didn’t know they had recovered any money. Nobody told us that,” she said. “We had heard they recovered money from the robber’s pockets.”
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