Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies took less than 10 minutes Friday to apprehend two men who had just robbed a convenience store at gunpoint, dressed in “Elmo” and “Tweety Bird” masks.
Just after 3 p.m., Bulloch County Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call about an armed robbery at the Vrundavan Food Mart at the intersection of Lakeview and Maria Sorrell roads, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
The clerk reported two white men in masks – one wearing a red hoodie, pants and a mask and the other wearing camouflage and a mask – entered the store with a hand gun and demanded cash, he said.
After the grabbed the money, the men left in a “dark colored SUV with a spare tire, traveling down Maria Sorrell Road,” he said. “Deputies and investigators responded to the scene and other areas in search for the SUV.”
Around 3:13, Deputy William Sims spotted a blue Isuzu Trooper at the other end of Maria Sorrell Road, where it intersects with Old River Road North, Anderson said.
He stopped the SUV and held the men, later identified as Cody Thatcher Kersey, 18, Cedar Street, Metter; and Charles Timothy Driggers, 19, Broad Street, Metter.
Sims and other deputies who arrived on the scene discovered evidence in the vehicle that linked the suspects to the armed robbery, and also recovered a firearm suspected to have been used in the robbery.
The gun, which was a BB pistol, and the two cartoon character masks were found discarded along the suspect’s escape route, Anderson said.
Investigators recovered additional evidence at the store, and interviewed witnesses, finding more that “incriminated the pair in the armed robbery,” he said.
After being transported to the Bulloch County Jail, each man was charged with armed robbery and wearing a mask to conceal identity. They are being held without bond he said.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Inv. Jared Akins at 912-764-8888, he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.