Troy man charged with multiple robberies

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Troy man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday morning in connection with two gas station burglaries Sunday and Monday.

Police say Wesley Aaron Stringer, 46, of Troy, committed a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store in the 12000 block of U.S. Highway 231 South on Sunday shortly before 8 p.m.

“Stringer entered the store while the clerk was gathering cleaning supplies from a back room,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr. “The clerk did not know that Stringer had entered the store when he walked up behind her, put his hands around her waist and told her not to move. Stringer made her open the register and he removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer. Stringer then made the clerk go to the very back of the store and closed her up in the back room before he exited the store.”

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Troy investigators identified Stringer as a suspect in the robbery and obtained warrants for his arrest on charges of third-degree robbery.

Barr said police saw Stringer walking near Pearson Street on Azalea Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning and arrested him without incident.

Barr said Stringer is also suspected in a robbery at another gas station in Jemison at 9:40 a.m. Monday morning, where the Jemison Police Department charged Stringer with first-degree robbery.

The Troy Police Department has also charged stringer with first-degree theft of property in the theft of a vehicle from a business located in the industrial park on U.S. 231 South.

Theft of property is Class b Felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and third-degree robbery is a Class C Felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

First-degree robbery is a Class A Felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Barr said Stringer had been released from prison on parole in February after 20 years in prison.