Calhoun and Etowah county authorities arrested and charged four people in connection with several burglaries and robberies in both counties dating back to September, officials said Thursday.
“Cooperation from other agencies and manpower is how we solve crimes,” Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said during a news conference at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. “We could not do it alone. Without the public getting involved and giving us our break, we might still be searching for these individuals.”
Police and deputies arrested Anniston residents William Dwaun Robinson, 18; Keith Alan Smith, 21; and a male juvenile in connection with the robberies. Wade declined to name the juvenile, who Anniston police Chief Shane Denham said is 17 years old. Precious Nichole Kidd, 21, of Gadsden was also arrested and charged Tuesday in connection with the incidents, according to law enforcement.
Robinson “appeared to be the ringleader” of the incidents, Wade said, and he was charged with seven counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of third-degree burglary, attempted burglary and marijuana possession. Smith was charged with one count of third-degree burglary while both he and Kidd were each charged with three counts of first-degree robbery. The juvenile was charged with first-degree burglary, Wade said.
“There may be additional charges added once we’re completely done with our reports,” Wade said.
Wade said deputies investigated three burglaries in Alexandria, Anniston police investigated three robberies, and there were a total of four robberies and two burglaries in Etowah County spanning four law enforcement agencies’ jurisdictions.
“We’re certainly glad we all were able to work together to get these career criminals off the streets,” Wade said.
Attalla police Investigator Doug Jordan said the incidents in his jurisdictions were brazen.
“There were people armed that were in these businesses at the time of the crime,” Jordan said. “It was a matter of time before someone got shot and killed. Without this cooperation we wouldn’t be able to get these people in jail.”
Robinson, Smith and Kidd remained in the Calhoun County Jail Thursday while the juvenile remained “elsewhere until they decide if he’ll be charged as an adult,” Wade said.