BEREA, Ky. (WKYT) - Around 8 Monday morning, the Dollar General in Berea got an early visitor with bad intentions. Police say a man was caught on camera walking up to the clerk with his face covered and pointed a gun at her. It's reported he was given money and the man left on foot.
"At the rear of the store it goes to a wooded area," said Sgt. Jake Reed of the Berea Police Department, adding, "The bandana was found in that wooded area."
Police arrived just minutes after the robbery and caught up with the suspect a short distance away. The man is identified as Daimon Mardis, 21.
"Eventually he did admit to us that he did commit this robbery after we found the handgun, money, and the bandana that had been over his face," said Sgt. Reed.
Investigators say the handgun was found in the street not far away, and the money was still in the man's pockets. This arrest comes at a time when police say Mardis was already on their radar as a suspect in a string of business burglaries.
"We actually went to his residence, where he lives with his grandmother. We were able to get consent to look in the home and we found these other stolen items," stated Sgt. Reed.
Police say Mardis broke into Compucreate, and they have surveillance video of him at the door that night. He's also being linked to a burglary at Jazzy Jewels and also at Jeff's Gas Products, which is right across the railroad tracks from the jewelry store. At that business, they have surveillance video of a man sneaking around the office.
"He never did admit to the burglaries, no, but we did find clothes inside that match the clothes he was wearing when he committed these burglaries," said Sgt. Reed.
Still police were able to recover stolen jewelry, computers, and personal IDs taken from cars when they searched Mardis' home.
Sgt. Reed said, "Hopefully this will cut down on some of our burglaries. We're glad that we were able to get this property back to these people."
Police say Mardis is already a convicted felon and will be charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, on top of the robbery charge from Monday morning and the three counts of burglary.