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Police, GBI arrest armed robbery suspects in Bainbridge

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE,  GA (WALB) – Three people are in custody, charged in an armed robbery in Bainbridge. It's the latest in a string of frightening robberies in that area in the last few months.

These suspects crashed their truck moments after the crash. Police, GBI agents, and deputies spent nearly 24 hours searching for them.

Police say 20-year-old Joshua Rogers went into the Kangaroo Express with a sawed off shotgun, a money bag, and a bandana over his face. After he and his two accomplices wrecked their get-a-way vehicle police found all three of those items and more near the scene Tuesday.

And by 1:00 Wednesday morning all three suspects were in jail.

Only minutes after a hooded man robbed the Kangaroo Express on Highway 84, police say he and his two buddies wrecked their get-a-way truck on Black Jack Road, crawled out of the wreckage, and ran.

"At the wreck scene they found a bandana with blood on it that was used in the robbery and the bag of money," said Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

Bainbridge Police officers, deputies, and GBI agents scanned the scene looking for the suspects, 16-year-old Jacob Hutchinson, 20-year-old Joshua Rogers, and 20-year-old Marty Barber, who was seriously injured in the wreck.

"He did lose some teeth and has a fractured face," said Sheriff Griffin.

Police say a friend of the boys picked them up after they escaped and took them to their hometown of Thomasville. Then a family member drove Barber to a Tallahassee hospital.

"Once the robbery happened it was non-stop until we had them all in jail," said the Sheriff.

Bainbridge Police say the threesome borrowed the vehicle from a friend in Thomasville. After interviewing the owner and several others all day police and GBI agents were able to track the suspects down in Thomas County and arrest them late Tuesday night.

"We have determined that these are not the same individuals that have been robbing the stores here in the county and the city," said Sheriff Griffin.

Tuesday morning's incident is the latest in a string of unsolved armed robberies at Decatur county businesses over the past several months.

And police still need the public's help solving those.

Marty Barber, the suspect injured in the wreck, was out on Parole in Decatur county. Back in 2007 he was convicted of breaking into Trinity Baptist Church in Bainbridge and stealing their safe.

There is a large reward for information on a string of recent armed robberies in Decatur County.

That fund is up to nearly $8,000.


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