BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Five Birmingham residents are facing robbery charges after a federal grand jury unsealed an indictment on them last Friday.
33-year-old Aaron Thomas, 28-year-old Antoine Jamar Harper, 29-year-old Omari Elliot, 26-year-old Derrick Craig and 26-year-old Kendra Neshell Bowie are accused of being involved in 7 different robberies, consisting of 6 business robberies and one bank robbery, from December 2009 and March 2010.
"These were all violent crimes involving weapons where innocent employees and bystanders were put at risk," U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said. "I applaud the cooperative work of the Birmingham and Hoover police departments, the ATF and the FBI in their investigations that led to arrests and charges in these cases."
The defendants have been charged jointly. Thomas is charged in five robberies; Harper in four robberies; Elliott in two; and Craig and Bowie in one.
According to the indictment, the robberies were committed as follows:
On Dec. 24, 2009, Thomas entered the Shoe Show store at 9518 Parkway East, Birmingham, armed with a gun and robbed the business of more than $1,800.
On Dec. 31, 2009, Thomas entered the Church's Chicken restaurant at 7529 1st Ave. North, Birmingham, armed with a gun and robbed the business of more than $1,300.
On Jan. 4, 2010, Thomas entered the Dollar General store at 9088 Parkway East, Birmingham, armed with a gun and robbed the business of more than $800.
On Jan. 8, 2010, Thomas and Harper entered the Cash America store at 9416 Parkway East, Birmingham, armed with a gun and a hammer and robbed the business of $500 and about $30,000 in jewelry.
On Jan. 15, 2010, Thomas and Harper entered BB&T Bank at 629 Red Lane Road, Birmingham, and using a gun, attempted to rob the bank.
On March 16, 2010, Harper and Elliott entered the Cash America store at 9416 Parkway East, Birmingham, and using a gun and a hammer, robbed the business of more than $1,900 and nearly $2,000 in jewelry.
On March 22, 2010, Harper, Elliott, Craig, and Bowie robbed the Diamond World store at 1678 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, and robbed it of about $60,000 in jewelry. Harper and Elliott conducted the robbery using a gun and a hammer.
Thomas, Harper and Elliott are in state custody on charges connected to the robberies. Bowie will be notified to appear in court on the federal charges. Craig remains at large.
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