Five Maury County teenagers are behind bars Thursday charged in a rash of brazen armed robberies that have terrified store employees from Columbia to Spring Hill.
Investigators said it all boiled over Wednesday morning as the armed teens hit three convenience stores in as many hours, but this time Columbia police and Maury County sheriff’s deputies were ready.
The take down took place just after 2:30 a.m. when a 23-year-old clerk at the Gas and Go on Highway 50 called 911.
Surveillance video shows three masked men emerge from the darkness armed with a knife and gun.
The 23-year-old father of three, who wishes to remain anonymous, was held at gunpoint.
“All I wanted to do was be off and be okay. That is all I wanted, but it was definitely scary,” he told News 2.
Investigators say hours earlier the same teenage bandits hit two other stores.
Columbia police released a vehicle description and sheriff’s deputies soon spotted the get-away car.
The teens were finally arrested, three of whom were juveniles ages 14, 16 and 17.
The other two were identified as 18-year-old Avondre Jackson and 19-year-old Jakendris Scribner.
Deputies located bandanas and shirts the teens allegedly wore during the robberies as well as other evidence of stolen items, such as cigarettes.
According to investigators, the teenagers are responsible for five armed robberies that took place over two nights.
They were also charged in connection to the fireworks stand that was held up on July 2.