A woman is accused of using a fatal robbery to commit her own theft, police say.
Lakiesha Deshawn McGhee, 43, a registered nurse from Bonaire, Georgia, was arrested on Monday and charged with theft by taking and tampering with evidence, according to the local newspaper The telegraph. McGhee allegedly stole several lottery tickets from a store after the saleswoman, Sabrina Renee Dollar, 43, was shot dead by robbers.
The incident unfolded on Jan. 18, when McGhee was a customer at the J&J Dollar Store, a store that sells lottery tickets and operates video poker machines, in Warner Robins, Georgia. Following the fatal robbery, McGhee was reportedly the one to call 911. Although she tried to help afterward, she was eventually caught pocketing the tickets from the back office. The exact value of the tickets she stole is unknown at this time.
On Friday, Houston County Sheriff Jon Holland issued a statement about McGhee’s arrest.
“However, evidence was uncovered that showed [McGhee] remove the lottery tickets from the office where the victim was found,” Holland said, according to The telegraph. “In addition, McGhee shut off power to the building’s security system for a brief period before law enforcement and other first responders arrived.”
It is also believed that McGhee checked the clerk’s injuries before going to pick up the lottery tickets. She is currently being held at the Houston County Detention Center without bail, according to the official statement from the sheriff’s office.
The culprits who robbed the store and shot Dollar are still at large. Security footage of the incident has been released to help track down potential suspects. The incident happened around 12.15pm on January 18 and McGhee can be seen near the video poker machines with another woman as it unfolded. McGhee was holding a handful of cash, which the bandits made him put in a plastic bag.
Shortly after McGhee returned his money, another of the robbers who had entered the back office opened fire and killed the store clerk. The men all appeared to be wearing black or dark blue clothing, their faces obscured by masks, balaclavas and hats.
A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the thieves. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Macon Regional Crimestoppers 24-hour hotline at 478-742-2330.
Warner Robins is located in Houston County, approximately 20 miles south of Macon and 100 miles southeast of Atlanta.