Memphis man robs two gas stations for cash and cigarettes over three day span

52-year-old Thomas Jones was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and criminal impersonation after taking money and merchandise from two separate gas stations over the span of three days. When caught, he attempted to provide his brother’s information as his own, per report.

On June 30th, officers were dispatched to the Mapco Express located on 3333 Thomas St in regards to a reported robbery. Upon arrival, law enforcement made contact with Chelcy Stevenson, who informed officers of the incident. According to the affidavit, an unidentified man approached the counter and implied a weapon by placing his right hand near the waistband of his pants. The subject threatened to shoot Stevenson unless the woman filled a bag with cigarettes. Stevenson met the man’s demands and placed the cigarettes into the bag. The estimated value of the tobacco was approximately $350, per report. An all-points bulletin and media release were issued following the subject’s departure from the scene in an SUV.

On July 2nd, law enforcement received a call regarding a reported robbery at the Circle K located on 5075 Covington Pike. Key’Darria Hale informed officers upon arrival that an unidentified subject approached the counter and implied his possession of a weapon. The man threatened to open fire on Hale if she did not provide him with cash and cigarettes. After Hale’s compliance, the subject was observed fleeing the scene in a black sedan.

Thomas Jones (SCSO)
Thomas Jones (SCSO)

The vehicle in question was noticed traveling on Covington Pike by law enforcement shortly after the incident. Officers proceeded to initiate a traffic stop on a Saturn Aura at the intersection of I-40 and Warford St. Three individuals inside the vehicle were apprehended and questioned. The Aura’s backseat passenger identified himself as Cedric Jones.

A search on Jones was conducted, revealing money, a tracking device, and a pack of cigarettes. Jones’ description matched that of the party responsible for the gas station robbery and was wearing similar clothing. Further investigation revealed that Cedric Jones had provided false identification, Jones confessed to both counts of robbery and to the utilization of his brother’s identity.

Thomas Jones was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and criminal impersonation. His bond was set at $60,000.

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