Two Columbia men sought by at least six police agencies in connection with armed robberies were arrested last week after armed robberies in Augusta.
Saul Saylors, 31, and Robbie Mauzon, 41, were caught after fleeing a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator, authorities said.
Police were called to Speedee Cash, 2056 Gordon Highway, about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday after two armed men robbed the store. While investigators worked that robbery, a similar one occurred at the Jewelers Bench, 1462 Jackson Road.
Sgt. Jason Vinson said it appeared the robbers were not from Augusta and might be traveling on Interstate 20.
On the interstate, Vinson found a white Chevrolet HHR matching the suspects’ vehicle description. It sped off as authorities pulled behind it.
Vinson said Saylors pulled off on Exit 5 after becoming trapped behind a tractor-trailer.
The passenger, Mauzon, was taken into custody after he jumped from the vehicle.
Saylors was later arrested in Belvedere. All items stolen in the two Augusta armed robberies were recovered.
The two men were wanted in North Augusta, Columbia, Kershaw County, Lexington and Irmo, S.C., in connection with armed robberies since Oct. 13.
They were booked into jail by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and will be transferred to Lexington County.
In Richmond County, the men face charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Additional charges are forthcoming.