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Leesburg residents suspected in country club robbery

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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 6:00 am

Police say a robbery at a country club in The Villages last week appears to have been an inside job.

Current and former employees of the Evans Prairie Country Club, all from Leesburg, were arrested Friday for the June 16 armed robbery of the club.

Melinda Michelle Brown, 40, was arrested on the job, and former employees Keithen Jamar Rawlings, 23, and Latorya Monique Brown, 32, were arrested on warrants in Lake County, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. All were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Rawlings also was charged with armed robbery.

Sheriff’s officials said they are also looking for a fourth suspect, Marcus Cortuz Johnson, 30, also of Leesburg, on armed robbery charges.

According to the sheriff’s office, the robbery occurred about 1:30 a.m., soon after the business had closed. Sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Caruthers said the manager was leaving work when he encountered two armed men wearing masks and dressed in black. One demanded the deposit money and ordered the manager back inside to retrieve money from the safe.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money, the men fled.

A search by deputies and K-9 units couldn’t find the suspects that morning, but Caruthers said the investigation led to the identification of the suspects. The three were arrested Friday.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts should contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (1-800-423-8477).

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