Augusta Armed Robbery Nets One, One Wanted
According to police investigators, the crime scene was Jack’s Grocery at 4630 Padgett Highway just after 9:30 p.m. Investigators say Maurice Overstreet and Johnny Mack went into Jack’s Grocery asking for cartons of cigarettes, and money and they also carried a duffel bag that they filled with beer. Two customers and two employees were in the store at the time of the armed robbery. Police say that they were able to apprehend one of the suspects, Maurice Overstreet who is now in jail.
A most foolish mistake was committed by Overstreet as he was chased into the woods by one of the customers and dropped his bag that contained a luggage tag with information on it. Investigators later recovered the bag with the stolen cartons of cigarettes and beer. With the information on the bag, the police were able to track him down.
Police are still searching for Mack and are charging Overstreet with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Georgia.
Even if a theft crime in Georgia is not committed with an actual firearm or weapon, a person may be charged with armed robbery, because in the State of Georgia a robbery that is committed with an offensive weapon, a replica of a weapon, or device resembling a weapon is considered an armed robbery. Georgia Code 16-8-41 states that “(a) A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes the property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon. The offense of robbery by intimidation shall be a lesser included offense in the offense of armed robbery. (b) A person convicted of the offense of armed robbery shall be punished by death or imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 20 years.”
If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery or firearms charge you, need serious help with these crimes that carry heavy punishments and fines. Contact knowledgeable and experienced Georgia criminal defense lawyers. They will fight for your freedom.