Man Arrested in Mid Morning Robbery

John Quincy Couch, III was arrested Monday morning and charged with Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Tampering With Evidence.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Monday morning in reference to an armed robbery in the parking lot of the CVS Drug Store on North Tyndall Parkway in Callaway.

The victim told deputies she had parked her car and was going to get out when a red truck pulled in to the parking spot on the passenger side of her car. The driver then got out and walked behind the victim’s car and up to her driver side window. Once there, he pointed a handgun at her, and shielded the gun with a large envelope in his other hand. The man then demanded her keys and her purse which she gave him. After, he got back in the truck and left the scene. The victim then called 911.

Callaway deputies and investigators put out a “Be On the Look Out” notice to all law enforcement for the red Ford truck with a description of the suspect.

The red truck was located later on Cherry Street at the Callaway Food Mart with the driver matched the description from the victim. The driver was leaving the Food Mart when deputies contacted him. He identified himself as John Quincy Couch the third.

Couch was brought to the Callaway Crime Prevention Office and gave a statement to investigators. Couch said the truck had just been returned to him; they seemed very nervous and encouraged him to ditch the truck.

When investigators told Couch they had video of his truck and the robbery from security cameras at CVS, he changed his story. He said someone else had robbed the victim and told him to get rid of the gun and the keys to the victim’s car.

During the interview, the manager of the Callaway Food Mart called the BCSO and stated that Couch had been in the men’s restroom just prior to deputies arriving and the toilet was now not working.

Investigators asked Couch about being in the restroom and he stated he had tried to flush the keys away and hid the gun in the ceiling of the restroom. Couch added he did not want to have the gun on him because he was a convicted felon for committing an armed robbery in the past. In search of the restroom, the handgun was found in the ceiling.

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