NEWBERRY (WIS) - Four men are in custody facing charges in three counties after an intensive investigation into armed robbery of a local convenience store.
Investigators say they have connected the suspects to similar robberies in the City of Newberry, Laurens County, Clinton, and Richland County. Investigators from all of the agencies are working together to share information and evidence against the suspects.
Sheriff Lee Foster says that it was the partnership of law enforcement and the community that led to the arrest of the suspects. He said that it was the partnership of law enforcement agencies who realized the similarities in the robberies as well as the substantial information received from the community who are willing to work with law enforcement to remove suspects like this from the streets and community.
"We enjoy a wonderful working relationship with the community, many law enforcement agencies, and the media," said Foster. "This communication and partnership is a criminal's worst nightmare and is what makes Newberry County so special."
Investigators acting on information they had received from the community went to the home of Malcolm Jones. During a search of the home, investigators found one of the bags used in the robbery, the face coverings, and merchandise from the robbery inside the home. Jones was taken into custody at that time.
Foster said that subsequent investigation led officers to issue search warrants for two homes in Newberry County. Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and Newberry Police Department converged on the residences Thursday morning where they located guns, clothing, and additional merchandise from the robbery.
It was then that the investigation took a turn because one of the suspects was a student at Newberry High School. Investigators went to Newberry High School where they met with the Campus School Resource Officer. Working together, they located a loaded .45 caliber pistol in a book bag on the front seat of the suspect's vehicle in the school parking lot. James Tribble was taken into custody at the school without incident.
Subsequently, two other suspects, Keon Elkins and Horace Maybin, were taken into custody also without incident.
Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler said that three of the men face charges in Newberry. Horace Maybin, Keon Elkins, and James Tribble are each charged with one count of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy.
Tribble, Jones, and Maybin have also been charged with Armed Robbery for the robbery of Robert's Citgo in Prosperity from an incident that occurred on December 30, 2009.
As investigators began piecing together the details of the robbery, officers say that it was Elkins and Jones went into the store during the robbery while Tribble and Maybin waited in the getaway vehicle.
Bond has been set at $100,000.00 on the Newberry City charges.
A Newberry County Magistrate is yet to set bond on the Newberry County charges at this time.