Banana Boat robbery under investigation
by Staff Report
Mar 31, 2011 | 2876 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the third time in the past 12 months authorities are investigating an armed robbery at Banana Boat, 65 Maple Ridge Drive.

Bartow County deputies were dispatched to the business Tuesday evening around 5:45. Upon arrival, an employee told the deputy a white male with a bushy beard, heavy set and about 6 feet tall walked into the store and demanded his wallet and the store's money while brandishing a handgun.

The employee didn't have a wallet, but gave the suspect an unknown amount of cash.

A female customer who was playing games in the back of the store said the male also took her wallet containing cash and bank cards. The suspect left with the employee's keys to his truck, which was later found at Collins Point Apartments. The truck was towed to the sheriff's office for processing.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said authorities are working to catch the perpetrator as quickly as possible.

"I don't know why they target that place," Millsap said of the establishment, adding it may be because the location sits off by itself.

"We're still looking into that and why it's been hit three times," he said,

The last robbery at Banana Boat occurred in December; Jeremy Starr Prather and Nicholas Tyler Cordell were arrested in connection with that robbery.

Woman reports money scam

A local woman reported a scam that was too good to be true. A Bartow County deputy responded to a citizen assist on Tuesday evening, and upon arrival, met with a lady who was told she won $5.5 million from Global Publishers Clearing House.

She said a man by the name of Anthony Gibbs called and said to receive the money she would need to send a $385.12 registration fee to the Chief Financial Officer by the end of the month. The woman checked the Internet and discovered it was a scam and wanted to report it to local officials.

Man arrested for possession of cocaine

A Cartersville police officer on foot patrol Wednesday morning in the area of Courrant Street approached a black male who fled from the officer.

The officer chased him, yelling, "Police. Stop!" several times. As the suspect -- later identified as Derrick Sullivan -- ran he threw an object toward a tree. The officer eventually caught Sullivan and placed him in handcuffs. Another officer watched the suspect while the original officer returned to the tree where he found a plastic bag containing crack cocaine.

Sullivan was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and obstruction.