Two Arrested For Armed Robbery At Derma Store

By JOEL McNEECE
Two men are in custody at the Calhoun County Jail charged with armed robbery of a Derma convenience store last Thursday night.


Kendall Hardiman, 22, of Grenada, and Bari Edwards, 24, of Calhoun City, were each charged with armed robbery of Wayne’s Quick Stop off Hwy. 8 in Derma.
Derma Policeman Greg Pollan said Hardiman robbed the store at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
Pollan said Hardiman came in and asked the cashier for a can of snuff, then as she turned around to get it, he pulled out a stainless steel revolver and held it up to her face demanding all the money.
Pollan said the robber came around the counter as she pulled money from the register, and he pulled more money from a money bag. Hardiman asked if there was a back door and forced the cashier to walk out with him.
"She said the last she saw him he was headed north," Pollan said.
The incident was captured on the store's video system. Review of the tape showed Hardiman and Edwards in the store together a few hours before the robbery.
Derma Police picked up Edwards immediately who identified Hardiman, a classmate of his at Holmes in Grenada, as the gunman.
Calhoun County Sheriff Billy Mac Gore said a task force was assembled in Grenada to apprehend him. He was ultimately caught when he showed up for class at Holmes Monday morning.
Approximately half of the $1,500 that was stolen was recovered. Gore said the gun has not yet been found.

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