Monday, Oct. 29, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- An arrest has been made in the armed robbery at the North Augusta Kroger on Oct. 24.
The victim was attacked as she was loading her groceries into her car. One of the suspects allegedly came up to the victim and told her they would shoot her son if she didn't hand over her purse. An incident report filed by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety values what was stolen at $100, including cash, ATM and Social Security cards and prescription drugs.
The stolen card was later used at the Circle K on Walton Way. Investigators were able to get video of the suspect using the card at the store.
Investigators talked with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office who had made an arrest in several robberies with a similar minivan. Richmond County investigators found the stolen items from the North Augusta incident after they searched the minivan.
Warrants have been issued against Calvin Thomas Jr. in North Augusta for pointing and presenting a firearm, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He is currently being held in Richmond County.
Investigators say Thomas confessed to the North Augusta robbery during an interrogation.
Thomas is also accused in Richmond County robberies that took place on Sept. 19, Oct. 1, Oct. 7 and Oct. 20. Each robbery targeted victims who had just cashed checks at the Walmart on Deans Bridge Road. Read more here.
Investigators are still searching for man who was driving the minivan during the armed robbery.
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