Man accused of robbing store twice in one week

Man accused of robbing store twice in one week

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County District Court judge found probable cause Tuesday to charge a man accused of robbing the same store twice in less than a week.

Casey Jamar Lewis, 22, of Jonesboro is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

Investigators say he robbed the Dollar General, 1616 North Church St., on Wednesday Nov. 9, and on Monday, Nov. 14.

According to court documents, Lewis entered the store Monday morning wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers toboggan and white slippers. His face was covered.

Lewis pointed a pistol at the manager and demanded all of the money in the registers, the affidavit stated.

As the manager gathered the cash, detectives said Lewis held him at gunpoint.

After getting the cash, Lewis ran from the store toward a nearby residential neighborhood.

Police released surveillance video photos of Lewis, who was a suspect at the time, to the media and law enforcement. A detective and two parole/probation officers identified him and contacted the lead investigator.

After receiving the information, the detective looked up Lewis's Facebook page and found a photo of him wearing a Ford toboggan.

According to the affidavit, the suspect in the Nov. 9 robbery of the same store wore a similar toboggan along with a black jacket with large gray stripes on the collar and sleeves. It appeared to be the same jacket the suspect wore in Monday's holdup.

Knowing that Lewis was scheduled to meet his probation officer at 2:30 p.m. Monday, the detective went to the office and confronted Lewis about the robbery.

"He immediately confessed that it was him and that the clothing was at his mother's house," the affidavit stated.

While a parole/probation officer took Lewis to the Craighead County Detention Center, police went to his mother's house on Easy Street and received consent to search for the clothes.

They reportedly found the Pittsburgh Steelers toboggan and the clothes worn in the robbery on the floor by the washer. Officers found the white shoes worn in both robberies in the garage.

They also found 13 rolls of pennies reportedly taken from the store in a back bedroom.

During an interview at the police station, Lewis reportedly stated he spent most of the money from both robberies except for the cash in his pocket and the pennies.

He also told investigators he threw the pistol used in the holdups in a yard while he was running away. Lewis led officers to the 1600-block of Easy Street where they found a silver BB pistol matching the weapon seen in the video from both robberies.

In addition to the aggravated robbery charges, Lewis is charged with two counts of theft $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 from a building. The judge set his bond at $250,000 and ordered him to appear in circuit court on Dec. 30.

If convicted of the robbery charges he could be sentenced to 10 to 40 years or life in prison. He could be fined $10,000 and/or be sentenced to up to 6 years in prison on the theft charges.

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