Two men arrested Tuesday for the armed robbery of an Albany Avenue convenience store are also charged with holding up two other Waycross stores minutes apart, said Waycross Police Lt. Benji Hersey.
Samuel Willie Lane, 54, of 517 Ware St., and James Anthony Howard, 63, 618 Owen St., were arrested early Tuesday, minutes after hitting the store on Albany, their third heist in a two-hour span, and were charged with armed robbery, Hersey said.
They are suspected of robbing a convenience store in the 1700 block of Memorial Drive at 2:25 a.m. and a store in the 2300 block of Plant Avenue at 2:35 a.m., as well as the store on Albany in the 2000 block, which was reported Tuesday by Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Lane was identified as the gunman who entered the stores armed with a small, black pistol and wearing dark clothes, a wig and a stocking over his head and face, Hersey said. Howard was the driver of the vehicle used in the crimes.
Moments after the Albany Avenue heist, Detective Larry Hill, a Waycross police officer, spotted their vehicle and stopped them in the 700 block of Garlington Avenue, Hersey said, which is about a mile from the store on Albany.
In the car were clothing fitting the description of the ones worn in the robberies and a handgun, Hersey said, as well as cash from the Albany Avenue store’s register.
They were in the Ware County jail.