Convenience stores are attractive targets for potential criminals bent on adding some cash to their pockets and possibly relieving the store of some of is merchandise. Two robberies on Saturday evening, September 12, 2021, demonstrate the pattern of such crimes.
According to police, two men and an accomplice broke into the HWY 82 Market and Deli on Highway 82 West in Prattville and the Posey Crossroad Convenient Store, also located in Prattville. Police reported a similar pattern of activity for both stores. The two suspects were both armed and they were accompanied by an accomplice. Between 10 and 11 p.m., the two men used force to enter and burglarize the two stores. The two men are alleged to have caused significant damage to both stores. The suspects were last seen heading north on County Road 57 in a silver four door sedan. When apprehended, the suspects will face two counts of burglary and Felony Criminal Mischief.
Later in the week, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office said it had arrested three suspects in the robberies. All three were 18 or 19 years old. According to news reports, all were facing two counts of third degree burglary.
All three suspects are entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until they are convicted by evidence that leaves no reasonable doubt in the jurors’ minds. In spite of this presumption, most defendants will need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fully exploit the presumption. Anyone who is facing criminal charges of one or more serious crimes may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide an analysis of the evidence and suggest potential legal arguments that will assist in maximizing the presumption of evidence to its fullest extent.