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Clerk, man charged after robbery report

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A convenience store clerk lied to police about a masked man robbing the store to cover up a theft she and an accomplice plotted, Decatur police said Thursday.

Police said Bonnie Lou Lewis, 46, of 47 Sun Valley Private Drive, Somerville, claimed that more than $2,500 in the register was taken during a hold-up at J-Mart at 1305 Alabama 67 on Tuesday night.

In reality, Lewis stole the cash with the help of Michael Eugene Davis, 52, of 1860 W. Brownstone Court S.W., said Capt. Vince Baer, a police spokesman.

"Ms. Lewis conspired with Davis to report a robbery that in fact did not occur," Baer said.

Police said Lewis told them the robber wore a mask and gloves, and kept his hands in his pockets as though concealing a weapon. Lewis was unable to give police many specifics about the man's appearance.

Investigators charged Lewis and Davis with first-degree theft. They also charged Lewis with filing a false report.

Lewis and Davis remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $1,500 bond each.

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