Pelham police investigating pair of armed robberiesPublished 10:26am Tuesday, September 24, 2013
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
The Pelham Police Department is investigating a pair of recent armed robberies at a local hotel and a grocery store, during which suspects stole more than $600.
The first robbery occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at Pelham’s Travelodge off Alabama 119.
During the incident, two black male suspects entered the hotel’s lobby, displayed a handgun to the hotel clerk and stole about $600, according to police Capt. Larry Palmer. No injuries were reported in the robbery, Palmer said.
Pelham police investigators currently are reviewing surveillance footage from the hotel, and are pursuing leads in the case, Palmer said.
The second robbery happened at the Camino Real grocery store off U.S. 31 at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.
During the incident, a black male suspect approached a man in the store’s parking lot, brandished a handgun and demanded the man’s wallet. The suspect stole about $20 in the incident, and no injuries were reported, Palmer said.
Police investigators also are working to review surveillance footage from the scene, and are working to identify the suspect, Palmer said.
If arrested, the suspects in both cases would face felony robbery charges.
“We are still very actively working both of those cases,” Palmer said on Sept. 24.