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Alleged 'Spice' Robber: 'I'm About To Do Something Really Shady'

Three local men were arrested and jailed following the alleged armed robbery Tuesday at a Cartersville convenience store. The trio allegedly took synthetic marijuana.

A man who allegedly held up a Cartersville store knew the clerk by name and apparently wanted synthetic marijuana rather than cash.

"I'm about to do something really shady," he said before pulling out a gun and pointing it at the clerk during the Tuesday incident about 10:50 p.m., according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office report, attached.

The clerk, a 24-year-old Cartersville woman, told police John Anthony Monaco III, 29, of Crestview Lane in Cartersville, came in the Citgo on Highway 113 and asked how much "Spice" they had. She said she told Monaco she couldn't sell the synthetic marijuana to him and he pulled the .38 Special authorities later recovered, according to the report.

"He stated give it to me, I threw it (Spice) on [the] counter, he grabbed it, turned around and ran out of the door," the report reads.

A witness told police he spotted a man run out of the store and jump into a green Ford Expedition that sped off. It had two other occupants, police say.

Jacob Shane Monaco, 21, also of Crestview Lane, and John Monaco's brother, and Matthew Zane Irwin, 21, of Grassdale Road in Cartersville, were also implicated in the alleged hold up.

While John Monaco faces armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime charges, the younger men are each charged as parties to those alleged crimes. John Monaco and Irwin also face another charge—possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or first-offender probationer.

The clerk told police she knew the brothers, who frequented the convenience store. The "Spice," a street name for synthetic marijuana, is apparently valued at $100.

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sissie smith January 18, 2013 at 02:52 AM
The store owner should be locked up for having that shit anyway as far as the guy who had the gun is a lowlife mother because he did this shit own his own then got in the truck and then told matthew to go go, he had no ideawhat had happened, he was giving those brothers a ride home, so before you say anything about my son, you think about how many times you was trying to give a ride to someone, and it could happen to you or yours, so dont ever try to help anyone a stranger, you never know what will happen to you. Lowlife is not the word to use for my son matthew the driver, naive maybe, he graduated, had plans for hishis life , now he is screwed, niceness never pays, I love you son , you are my best friend, and I dont know what I am going to do without you
sa wilso January 20, 2013 at 02:07 AM
its the demons inside them that wanted that horrible stuff...its the new drug that the devil controls and by the looks of the picks they all wanted it bad...none of the boys are innocent and we live by the choices we make...may god show his grace on these boys
sa wilso January 20, 2013 at 02:08 AM
mabe it will give them a chance to come to the lord JESUS CHRIST
sa wilso January 20, 2013 at 02:11 AM
i agree the store should be shut down and owners arrested
DJ February 18, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Your a hypocrite and should be locked up too. Your the one who exposed your son along with other children to drugs etc in the first place.

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