By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A reported December “armed robbery” of a Subway restaurant has resulted in a warrant being issued against a store employee for petit larceny and petit larceny charges filed on the alleged “robber.”
On July 8, the Picayune Police Department received information identifying Timothy Givens as the suspect in the armed robbery case, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.
Officers were advised that the store clerk at the time of the robbery, Dorothy Hilton, also the complainant in the case, gave Givens the money and “then called in a fake robbery,” Magri said.
Police began looking for Givens and were “unable to locate” him, he said.
On July 22, a call from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office advised Picayune police that “Givens was in custody at their facility on new burglary charges,” Magri said.
While in custody, Givens admitted to the taking the money from Subway, “but that it was not a robbery,” said Magri.
Givens told authorities, “after he got off work that day, he received a call from Dorothy Hilton,” Magri said. “She asked him to stop by the store.”
Magri said, “Once he got there (Subway), Hilton told him that there was $360 in the register and she wanted him to come back and act like he robbed her. She would call it in as an armed robbery.”
Givens told authorities that he went to his house and put on a baseball cap and sweater and went back to the store, said Magri.
“He said he waited until there were no customers and he went inside and she handed him the money and laid down on the floor,” Magri said.
Givens stated that, “he left and met her at her house on Ester Lane around 10 or 11 p.m. that night,” he said. He also stated that he used some of the money to purchase drugs and gave Hilton the remaining $120, said Magri.
During Givens confession, “he knew the exact amount of money taken, which had not been released to the public,” Magri said.
Givens has a hold placed on him with the Sheriff’s Office for petit larceny.
Dorothy Hilton is being sought for her involvement in the crime. A warrant for her arrest has been requested for false reporting of a crime and petit larceny, said Magri.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 601-798-CLUE (2583) or the Criminal Investigations division at 601-798-7411.