Charges pending in pair of Pelham robberiesPublished 10:19am Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
The Pelham Police Department is investigating a pair of recent robberies involving injuries, and is preparing to charge a suspect with the crimes.
The robberies happened over the past few weeks at a pair of Pelham establishments. In both cases, a male suspect entered the stores, claimed to be a customer, asked a few questions and then proceeded to steal items, said Pelham Police Capt. Larry Palmer.
Both robberies involved “slight injuries” to the victims, Palmer said.
According to police records, the first robbery happened on July 13 at a store in the 3000 block of Pelham Parkway. In the robbery, the suspect stole a Regions Bank bag containing $150, according to reports.
The second robbery happened on July 26 at a convenience store in the 200 block of Cahaba Valley Road. In the July 26 robbery, the suspect stole $200 and damaged the victim’s iPhone in the amount of $200, according to reports.
The suspect likely damaged the victim’s phone to prevent the victim from calling for help, Palmer said.
Police are preparing to arrest a suspect in connection with both robberies, Palmer said. The suspect’s name has not yet been released, pending the formal filing of charges.