Alert work by the Zebulon Police Department has led to the arrest of the third suspect in connection with the armed robbery of the Dollar General store on East Main Street in Thomaston on June 5, and the armed robberies of the Family Dollar on Highway 19 North and Mr. B’s Convenience Store on North Center Street in Thomaston on July 3. The other two suspects were arrested by Thomaston Police on July 29. All three are facing 17 felony arrest warrants for armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and aggravated assault.
According to Zebulon Police Chief Jonathan Hemphill, one of his officers pulled over Xie Javar Bradley, 21, of Clayton County, on Highway 19 South on Saturday, August 8 for a traffic violation. When the officer ran Bradley’s license through GCIC, he came back wanted on active warrants by the Thomaston Police Department. The officer promptly took Bradley into custody.
His alleged accomplices, identified as Jaun Stewart, 19, and Jovante Davis, 20, both of Clayton County, were taken into custody on July 29. All three are being held in the Upson County Jail without bond.
In the Dollar General robbery on June 3, a black male wearing a heavy black jacket with a hoodie, a black, cloth-like t-shirt concealing his face, and multi-colored tennis shoes entered the store just prior to closing. There were still 12 customers and the clerk in the store at the time. The robber pulled a handgun out of his jacket and pointed it at the clerk and the customers, some of which were children, and demanded the money from the register. The clerk gave him approximately $700 out of the register, and the man fled on foot east on East Thompson Street.
The other two robberies happened on July 3 at about 10 pm. A black male attempted to rob Family Dollar on North Center Street while two other black males waited around the building. However, he was unable to get into the store due to the doors already being locked for the night. The group then walked down the street to Mr. B’s, where one male went inside, pointed a gun at a customer and the cashier clerk and demanded money. The cashier handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the individuals fled the scene in the direction of East Walker Street.
Luther Ronald Moore and Tony Quartez Chambless were set to stand trial this week in Upson Superior Court after being charged with the armed robbery of Cash for Gold where $750 and three gold rings were taken in August 2014. However, both pled guilty to robbery, a felony, before Judge Robert M. Crawford in court Monday, August 10.
Moore, the gunman, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Judge Crawford stated he will receive credit for time already served.
Before handing down the sentence for Chambless, Judge Crawford stated he is usually inclined to give first offenders probation, but when it comes to armed robbery it is a different story. Chambless was sentenced to 10 years in prison with five to serve, followed by five on probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1