Investigators from the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office on Friday arrested one man and were questioning another in connection to two robberies Thursday night.
“This was just some good, old-fashioned police work,” Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said outside a home on West 12th Street in Anniston on Friday afternoon.
Wade said that deputies responded to the Samco gas station and convenience store on Choccolocco Road on Thursday night around 9:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a robbery.
“Two males dressed in all black with black ski masks on entered the Samco, produced pistols and demanded money out of all the registers,” Wade said. The employee working at the store was uninjured in the robbery, the sheriff said.
Wade said it appeared the men arrived and fled on foot but clearly had a vehicle close by.
“We do believe it was a planned robbery,” he said. “About 30 minutes later, Anniston police responded to a robbery at a Chevron station near Saks High School. We believe those to be connected.”
Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said Friday that investigators were looking for two suspects in ski masks.
Friday afternoon, a deputy spotted a vehicle which matched the description of the vehicle used in the robberies, the sheriff said.
“The deputy pulled over the vehicle and there was evidence located inside it,” Wade said. “Finding the vehicle led us to the house.”
Wade said he was unsure whether the driver of the vehicle Friday afternoon was involved in the cases.
Around 4 p.m. Sheriff’s Officer investigators searched the home as well as a garbage can outside.
Wade said investigators inside the home found drugs, firearms, clothing and merchandise that appeared to be from a burglary days before at the same Samco. The sheriff was unsure if any of the evidence was from the Anniston case.
The man arrested in connection to the Samco cases was on probation or parole in a 2008 robbery case, Wade said.
“As a condition of his release he is not allowed to be around guns or drugs,” he said. “That’s enough to arrest him for.”
The sheriff said he’ll name the man if he’s charged in the Thursday night incident.
A second man was also taken from the home to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning in connection to the case.
“I’m very proud of my deputies,” he said. “It’s not even been 24 hours since the incidents.”