Two employees have been charged in last week's armed robbery of a North Meridian convenience store.

    Kevorkian Grace, 21, of 208 Third Ave., and Tarsha Hinson, 35, of 105 Carolina St., York, Ala., were arrested by Meridian police Wednesday for the Jan. 16 armed robbery at the Cefco located at 144 North Hills St.

    According to police, on the day of the robbery a man armed with a knife entered the Cefco at about 6 a.m. and demanded money. He ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

    No customers were in the store at the time of the robbery.

    Grace, who was a cashier at the convenience store, has been charged with armed robbery. Hinson, who was manager of the store, has been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Bond for both has been set at $150,000.

    The armed robbery was the sixth in Meridian this year. Meridian Police Department Detective Dareall Thompson said it is unknown whether any of the incidents are connected.

    Thompson said detectives continue to investigate the armed robberies. The most recent occurred Tuesday at Trustmark Bank at 612 Highway 19 North.

    According to police, two black men armed with handguns entered the bank at little before 10 a.m. and took an undisclosed amount of money and ran. No customers were present at the time of the robbery.

    One of the robbers was described as light skinned, wearing a mask, a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants. The second robber was described as dark skinned,  wearing a mask, a black hoodie and having long hair.

    Anyone with information on these or any other crimes can contact CrimeStoppers at (855) 485-8477 (TIPS).

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