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April 30, 2013

Two men arrested in connection with convenience store robbery

CHEROKEE COUNTY —  Two males – one of them as young as 17 – were taken into custody in Troup Saturday afternoon in connection with the armed robbery of the Hot Spot #2 convenience store in Mt. Selman.

Authorities located Jeremy Ray Sides, 20, of Troup and Jacob Ben-jamin Reno, 17, of Jacksonville, inside a blue Dodge Durango  near CR 4910 in the Troup area. Inside the vehicle was a H&R .22 caliber blue steel revolver with wooden pistol grips, $257 in cash, a black bandana, and a cloth mesh drawstring bag, according to Cherokee County She-riff's Office Capt. John R. Raffield.

The robbery took place about  5:35 p.m. Saturday. The store's clerk told police a young white male, wearing a red shirt with white lettering and a bandana covering the bottom portion of his face came in the doors on the south side of the store, reports show.

The man walked immediately around the counter and pulled a gun de-manding all the store's money. He then fled out the same doors.

The clerk described the pistol to authorities as a blue steel revolver with a wooden handle.

A witness who had just purchased a drink from the store gave his account:

• He was departing the scene in his vehicle noticed a white male standing at the back of the store.

• As the witness drove past, this man turned his head to conceal his face.

• As the witness continued around the store and stopped to enter Highway 69, he looked back at the store and saw the same person standing next to the clerk behind the counter.

• The witness turned back into the parking lot on the south side of the store and saw the man running across the grass toward a blue Dodge Durango that was parked behind bushes on CR 3914.

The ve-hicle's passenger side door was al-ready open, and the man jumped into the vehicle, which then sped off southbound on CR 3914.

• The witness return-ed to the store to check on the clerk's welfare and wait for authorities.

Using the information provided by the witness and the store clerk, authorities broadcast the suspect and vehicle information to other officers who soon located the blue Dodge Durango in Troup.

Cherokee County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Vera Foreman set bond at $50,000 for both Sides and Reno, who were both arrested on suspicion of first degree aggravated robbery.

The investigation continued Monday as detectives compared shoe and tire impressions cast at the scene with those of the suspects and their vehicle.

Additional charged might be pending, Raffield said.

 

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