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Police arrest 16-year-old suspect in recent armed robberies
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    Investigative work by Bulloch County Sheriff's Inv. Walter Deal led to the arrest of a 16-year-old believed to have been involved in four armed robberies last month.
    The teen's name matched initials given through tips, and other evidence led Deal to arrest the 16-year-old Parkwood Drive, Savannah resident after his mother identified him from surveillance photos taken during one robbery.
    The teen is believed to have been involved in an armed robbery at Clyde's Market on U.S. 301 North and Veteran's Memorial Parkway on Oct. 9, when two men entered the store and one man, armed with a gun, robbed the clerk.
    A short time later two men with the same description robbed a clerk at gunpoint at The Hot Stop at Grove Lakes subdivision on U.S. 80 East, reports stated. Minutes later a Clyde's Market in Brooklet was robbed by two gunmen, according to sheriff's reports.
    Around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 10, the GATE station on South Main Street in Statesboro was robbed as well, by men of the same description, Statesboro Police reports stated.
    One man police believe was involved in the robberies was arrested Oct. 11 in Claxton after robbing a convenience store there, reports stated.
    Tommy Lee King, 21, Park Drive, Claxton, was working alone and wearing a mask that Sunday when he robbed the Express convenience store on South Duvall Street, said Claxton Police Lt. Barry Barnard.
    But when he robbed the four convenience stores in Bulloch County and Statesboro, King was not wearing a mask and was caught on video, along with another suspect believed to be the juvenile in custody, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    The teen was charged by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Deal located the teen after receiving a tip that he had been arrested in Savannah on other charges, Anderson said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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