1 arrested, 1 sought in Augusta grocery store holdups

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies didn’t have much trouble identifying grocery store holdup suspect Craig Eugene Roberts II.

Police say the Augusta man left his personal information on a money order transfer document that he filled out Tuesday night before using another transfer form to write a note demanding money. Police also said the 34-year-old was recognized.

Police said Friday that they are still seeking an unidentified man from the robberies Tues­day night at Kroger, 3128 Deans Bridge Road, and the next morning at Bi-Lo, 3457 Peach Orchard Road.

According to police, Roberts entered Kroger about 9 p.m. Tuesday and approached the customer service desk.

While waiting, Roberts had a conversation with the other suspect. Police said Rob­erts handed the clerk a handwritten note on a Western Union form demanding money and saying he was armed.

The two men then walked out with money but left the transfer request that included Roberts’ personal information, police say.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bi-Lo, Roberts again demanded money by note at the customer service desk while his partner distracted a manager, police say.

Roberts was arrested Thurs­day on two counts of robbery by intimidation.

Police are looking for Roberts’ silver 1998 Ford F-150 pickup with South Carolina tag DZL 620, in which the men were seen leaving Kroger.

Roberts told police the vehicle had been signed over to the other suspect.

Anyone with information on that man’s whereabouts is asked to contact a violent crimes investigator at (706) 821-1080.

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