Arrest In Dale County For Robbery of Diamond Quality Convenience StoreRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 12 2012 10:52 PM
CAPTAIN MARLOS WALKER of
33rd Judicial Wiregrass
Violent Crimes / Drug Task Force
JULY 12, 2012
On 07/10/2012 E911 received a call in reference to a robbery in progress. The caller stated that a masked man entered the Diamond Quality Convenience Store on Highway 231 in Newton, Alabama and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register.
The suspect was caught on video surveillance entering the store and taking undisclosed amount money. The cashier and other witnesses on scene watched the masked man open the register and take an undetermined amount of cash. Witnesses then say the suspect fled the scene at the rear of the store. The suspect was last seen running towards the trailer park in the rear of the residence. Authorities were able to get some leads from local residents and some physical evidence collected from the scene.
On 07/11/2012 Investigators identified the suspect to be white male Michael Ethan Smith (22 years of age) from Ozark, Alabama. Mr. Smith also had an Active Warrant from the Alabama Pardons and Parole Board for a Violation Charge.
On 07/11/2012 authorities located Mr. Smith and took him into custody without incident. Mr. Smith did have a large amount of cash on his person at the time of arrest.
The town of Newton and Chief Beistline would like to thank all law enforcement personnel for their assistance with this event. Chief Beistline also wanted to thank all the concerned citizens who assisted authorities in this investigation.
Theft of Property 2nd Degree / Parole Violation
Arrested 7/11/2012 Michael Ethan Smith, White / Male (22) Years of Age of Ozark, Alabama
Thanks to all the following agencies for their assistance:
1. Newton Police Department
2. Dale County Sheriff Office
3. Houston County Sheriff Office ( K-9 Unit)
4. Dale County District Attorney’s Office
5. Wiregrass Violent Crime / Drug Task Force