Suspects rob 15th Street Kroger at gunpoint

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two are in custody after deputies say they robbed the 15th Street Kroger at gunpoint.

According to a report, Sunday morning around 6:15 the men went in the store and pulled out a black hand gun and a knife while taking money.

Deputies say both suspects ran out of the store towards Hick Street, but GRU police caught them.

"You make those decisions, you're getting three squares and a bed," Maj. Gene Maxwell warned.

Around 6:00 Sunday morning, right as the store was opening, deputies say Jared Mills, 20, and Antone Rhodes, 19, walked into the store, pulled out a handgun and a knife and demanded money.

"I can't remember the last time we've had an issue like this first thing in the morning when they open," Maj. Maxwell said.

"Takes a bold person to do that, first of all. You really gotta have the guts to do that," customer Jewel Thomas said.

A getaway run turned into a chase for GRU police.

"They tracked down two of the suspects. They placed them into custody. They did get a quantity of money," Maj. Maxwell explained.

GRU Public Safety says it's common to get a call from businesses near their campus.

"We got a call from the management here at Kroger that they had just been robbed," Maj. Maxwell said. "We don't mind. We're close. We'll get here before any other agency."

This is familiar territory for the deputies anyway. During the week, the back half of the parking lot is for hospital faculty and staff. He says that keeps them patrolling the area often and should be a warning for crooks.

"I would highly recommend to the criminals that they don't come around here," Maj. Maxwell warned.

Investigators say Jared Mills, 20, and Antone Rhodes, 19, are charged with Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Crime.

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