Arrest Made in Bay County Convenience Store Robbery

Five people, including three juveniles, have been arrested in connection with a late-evening robbery in Bay County, Florida.

19-year-old Genesis Franklin and 18-year-old Damon Simmons are charged with armed robbery.

Wednesday night, the two are believed to be principles in an armed robbery at the Pop-In convenience store on Thomas Drive in Panama City.

The store clerk reported two men robbed him at gunpoint and helped provide a description of the suspects.

A juvenile matching the description was spotted in a parking lot nearby. He was arrested along with two other juveniles in the case

Franklin also faces charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession of drug.


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  • by Pete Webb Location: Tallahassee on May 19, 2008 at 01:13 AM
    This is so unfortunate that there's something that coerced these youth to rob a store. Probably drugs! Why do young people get so addicted to drugs. There is something that they are trying to escape from and drugs become their escape method. The problem is that drugs cost money, and these young people don't have money, but, they need the drug. Marijuana and cocaine smoked together causes a mild relaxing high. This helps the young person deal with social issues and normal pressures of life. Studies show that broken homes and other family problems makes these teens look to the outside for answers. They move out on their own and think that they can make it without parental support. They find themselves being parented by bad influences and other youth who have the same struggles and identity problems. So, drugs become the next best thing. The main problem being, drugs lead to even bigger problems, like jail, pregnancy, and suicide/death. What can we all do to stop this?
  • by Jessica Heart Location: Abbeville,Al on May 9, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    Why did they do that???? Are they stupid you got to be kidding my who would rob someone for....They're crazy.
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