CHS locked down for short time after nearby store robbed


Cartersville High School went on lockdown Monday morning as a precautionary measure after a nearby store was robbed.

At 8:51 a.m., Cartersville police officers were called to Dollar General at 104 N. Market Square in the Big Lots/Hobby Lobby shopping center in reference to an armed robbery. 

Several minutes later, a male juvenile was apprehended without incident on Nelson Street, west of McEver Street near Star Manor Personal Care Home, after allegedly stealing money from the store and fleeing on foot, Cartersville police Capt. M.E. Bettikofer said.

Because of the proximity to the robbery, Cartersville High School went into lockdown mode "in an abundance of caution" at 8:58 a.m. for four minutes, according to Cheree Dye, director of community relations for the Cartersville City School District.  

"Local law enforcement agencies responded swiftly and apprehended the subject on Nelson Street," she said, noting CPD notified the school about the incident. "During the entire situation, school officials were in constant contact with law enforcement officers."

Bettikofer said the suspect has been charged as an adult with armed robbery and possession of a Schedule 4 drug with intent to distribute. Other charges are pending.

The suspect, whose name isn't being released at this time, is in custody, though not at the Bartow County Jail,  Bettikofer said.

No one was injured during the robbery or arrest, and students weren't in imminent danger, according to police.

Since the investigation is ongoing, no other information is being released at the moment. 

CHS Principal Shelley Tierce was pleased with how everyone involved handled the incident. 

"We are exceptionally proud of the efficiency and cooperation of our staff and students today during the short lockdown," she said. "They knew the appropriate procedure and followed it perfectly. We are also thankful for the quick and impressive response by the Cartersville Police Department and the Bartow County Sheriff's Office. At no time were any students or staff members in immediate danger."