Man charged in pair of Pelham robberies

Published 11:15 am Tuesday, August 6, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A Pelham man is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $30,000 after he was arrested and charged with a pair of recent robberies at Pelham businesses.



Theophilus James Browder, 23, was arrested by the Pelham Police Department on Aug. 1 and charged with two felony counts of third-degree robbery.

Officers arrested Browder in Birmingham after investigating the pair of Pelham robberies, said Pelham Police Sgt. Pat Cheatwood.

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, according to Pelham Police Capt. Larry Palmer.

Both robberies involved “slight injuries” to the victims, according to Palmer.

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.

According to Alabama law, third-degree robbery is a Class C felony. If convicted, Browder could face up to 10 years in prison per charge.