Robber nabbed with kids in car
By Patrick Yost
A suspected armed-robber did not escape her second attempt at robbing a Madison convenience store Monday.
Takiya Sequoyah Burdette, 22, Covington, was arrested minutes after she fled the Racetrac convenience store on Monday. She was arrested after her vehicle was stopped by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Madison Police Department officers at the 113 mile marker off the west–bound lane of Interstate 20.
According to Det. Carl Jones, Madison Police Department, Burdette is also wanted in last week’s armed robbery of Madison’s Racetrac. She is also a suspect in six other robberies of Racetrac convenience stores in DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb counties.
Officers descended on Racetrac minutes after receiving a 911 call on Monday. Burdette was arrested at approximately 4:30 p.m. Morgan County Dispatch received a distress call from the store at 4:21 p.m.
Jones said three clerks in the store noticed Burdette when she entered the store this time. She was wearing a red, hooded sweatshirt similar to what the suspect in last week’s robbery wore. In fact, he said, one clerk wrote a message on a paper sack that read, “She looks like that girl.”
Jones said she was. After Burdette questioned a clerk regarding a money order and was told that the machine was disabled, Burdette then handed the clerk a note stating “This ais a robbery. Give me your money.”
He said Burdette told officers that she was a single mother of three children and was “trying to make ends meet.” In the eight robberies in which she is a suspect, authorities contend that she has received less than $2,000. Jones said officers believe Burdette may have an accomplice in the other six robberies.
When she was arrested, a 4–year–old daughter and a 5–year–old son were in the car. Burdette’s 2–year–old daughter was at home, Jones said, being cared for by a friend. The children were initially taken into protective custody by Morgan County Department of Children and Family Services and then released to relatives. Burdette told authorities that she was also two to three months pregnant. Jones said that Burdette told police she had worked at a Racetrac in the past.
She faces two counts of armed robbery in Morgan County and is currently incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.