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About five minutes after an armed robbery was reported 8:16 a.m. Monday at the Dollar General on Prince Royal Drive, Berea, police arrested a suspect and then recovered a pistol.
A store employee told police a man entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to Berea Police Sgt. Jake Reed.
The robber was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a bandana around his face.
At 8:21 a.m., officers located a man who matched the robber’s description walking on Oak Street. The suspect was found to have a large amount of cash in his pants pockets. Several feet from where the suspect was stopped, officers located a silver handgun lying in the roadway, the police report stated.
After securing the suspect, officers checked a walking path in the wooded area behind Dollar General and located a purple bandana.
As he was questioned, Daimon W. Mardis, 21, of Berea, confessed to the robbery, according to the police report.
Officers then went to Mardis’ Oak Street residence where they recovered several items that had been stolen in three recent burglaries at local businesses, Reed said.
They also recovered clothing that video surveillance showed was worn by the subject who committed the burglaries, he added.
Mardis was charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and three counts of third-degree burglary.
He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where he remained Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Berea Police Department at 986-8456.