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Suspects in Uncle Bubba's Store Robbery Arrested

dpearson@wbbjtv.com

By Deneisha Pearson

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Madison County deputies have made two arrests in the robbery and beating of the owner of Uncle Bubba's Antiques.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork says this is neither of the suspects first run in with the law.

According to Woolfork, Andrew Butler was just released from jail, after serving a five year drug sentence. His alleged accomplice, Joseph Mitchelson, has misdemeanor charges including drunk driving and public intoxication.

“During the course of the investigation they did in fact take Mr. Butler into custody after observing his vehicle traveling on Royal St. this weekend,” Woolfork said.

Uncle Bubba's store manager Shelly Curby says the investigators put in overtime to catch the suspects, something she's grateful for.

“I am so happy that these, ruthless people are off the street and they wont be able to do it to some other defenseless person,” Curby said.

Butler and Mitchelson are charged with aggravated burglary, assault and robbery.

“I just want to see justice done and look them in the eyes and tell them how dare you? How dare you do this to innocent people,” Curby said.

Curby says she is taking steps to keep something like this from happening again.

“Unfortunately the last thing I ever wanted to do was buy a gun. But I think its come time that I'm gonna have to do that,” Curby said.

Despite what's happened, she doesn't want Uncle Bubba's customers to be afraid.

“You know it might be a couple of bad guys out there but, there sure are a lot of great people in this community.”

Sheriff Woolfork says the case is still under investigation.

Bond has been set at $75,000 for each suspect.

They're scheduled for a preliminary hearing October 17.
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