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1 arrested, 1 sought in Augusta grocery store holdups

Security photo shows two suspects leaving grocery
Friday, April 19, 2013 10:24 AM
Last updated Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:22 PM
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Richmond County sheriff’s deputies didn’t have much trouble identifying grocery store holdup suspect Craig Eugene Roberts II.

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A security photo shows two suspects leaving a grocery. The man shown at the door is still sought by authorities.  SPECIAL
A security photo shows two suspects leaving a grocery. The man shown at the door is still sought by authorities.

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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BamaMan 04/19/13 - 11:14 am

Looks like the guy in question is holding up his pants. Imagine that.

fishman960 04/19/13 - 12:20 pm

A little misinformation there. He didn't work at the Deans Bridge Road Kroger, he worked at the North Augusta store until his arrest for robbing a convenience store threatening with a bomb in his pocket in Aiken with the same accomplice.

From the Augusta Chronicle

3 arrested when truck is stopped after robbery

A New Ellenton man faces charges in the armed robbery Sunday of an Aiken gas station.

Craig Eugene Roberts II, 26, who has an address in the 1000 block of Pineview Drive, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, failure to stop for blue light and siren, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Aiken police say Mr. Roberts walked into the restroom of the BP Station on Whiskey Road, then approached the counter and told the cashier that he had a bomb in his pocket and demanded money.

Mr. Roberts left in a white Ford truck with about $50. Officers pulled him over in a private driveway, several miles after they turned on their lights, police said.

Two others in the truck were also arrested. Keil Lamount Perry, 25, of the 400 block of Harlem Street in New Ellenton, was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Betty Elaine Hickson, 43, of the 100 block of Wood Land Drive in Aiken, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three were booked into the Aiken County Detention Center. Only Mr. Perry had been bonded out Monday afternoon.

BamaMan 04/19/13 - 12:21 pm

If he was arrested for holding up a convenience store, saying he had a bomb in his pocket, WHY THE HECK IS HE OUT OF JAIL ????????

fishman960 04/19/13 - 12:33 pm
Out of jail

The particular incident I referenced happened when he was 26. He is now 34.

I'm curious if the Police have searched for Perry?

nocnoc 04/20/13 - 08:33 am
This guy is

destine to be a famous fool in prison.

To leave his real Name and Address on the Western Union form, this guy is easily a top 3 pick for a TV episode of Tru-TV Worlds Dumbest Crooks videos.

storiesihaveread 04/20/13 - 10:06 am
He needs to be in Jail

because he is to dang stupid to be walking this earth lol. Leave your info for the police to find you easier.

Dixieman 04/20/13 - 06:44 pm
2,899,704 POINTS

I had a client once who sat across my desk and told me his story. He got nervous while robbing a store, so picked up some work gloves and paid for them, then when the clerk opened the register said, "I have a gun [he didn't]; give me all your money!!" She did and he left. Got about five miles down the road, realized he had paid for the gloves with his MasterCard and signed the slip. Decided to go back and retrieve the slip so it could not be used as evidence and walked into the waiting arms of the police.
"So, what do you think?" he asked me as he finished this story.
I was dumbstruck for a while.
Then I asked him if he was familiar with the expression "throw yourself on the mercy of the court".
I think he must have been in the same family tree with the genius in this story.

jrbfromga 04/21/13 - 12:54 am
When I was a kid

and Bi-Lo first came into Augusta, they had a guy sitting up on a semi-armored pedestal (high walls, sort of like a judge) with a shotgun (I think double-barreled, which is what all prisoner work details guards carried at the time). Don't ever remember a Bi-Lo such outfitted getting robbed. Surely today, the scattergun would be considered a liability due to 'collateral damage', it was still a deterrent that maintained store security.

rmwhitley 04/21/13 - 03:59 pm
Bet that's

his natural hair.

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