The Richmond Register

Crime

April 1, 2014

Man charged with six robberies

E-cigarette store, cash advance businesses targeted

RICHMOND — Richmond police have charged a North Second Street man with a string of armed robberies that occurred at local businesses during December and January.

Anthony L. Ray, 35, was arrested Jan. 24 shortly after the robbery of Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Drive, according to an RPD news release.

He is accused of entering the business, brandishing a knife and demanding money from two employees. The clerks gave him money and he fled, the report stated.

Officers obtained a description of his vehicle and then located it on East Main Street near CVS Pharmacy. Ray was driving the vehicle and he was detained, according to the RPD.

The officers reported finding the stolen money and the knife suspected of being used in the robbery. Ray was charged with first-degree robbery and has been lodged in the Madison County Detention Center since his arrest.

The RPD conducted a follow-up investigation and linked Ray to five additional robberies that occurred in Richmond from Dec. 28 to Jan. 20, the report stated. Those incidents were:

• On Dec. 28, a man entered TNT Vapors, 950 Spanish Grove Drive, produced a handgun and ordered the owner to surrender money from the cash register. The robber fled on foot with the cash.

• On Jan. 2, a man went into Babylon Market, 298 S. Second St., brandished a handgun and demanded money. He fled toward the area of Wellington Court.

• On Jan. 8, a man entered Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Drive, with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. He also fled on foot.

• On Jan. 18, a man entered Splash ’Em Out laundry, 467 Eastern Bypass, with a gun and possibly a knife. An employee gave him $74 and the man fled on foot.

• On Jan. 20, a man went into Check for Cash, 420 Eastern Bypass, and attempted to walk behind the counter. When confronted by an employee, he demanded money, the report stated. The man kept his hands in his pockets in a manner that made the clerk believe he had a weapon. The clerk surrendered the cash and the robber fled.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant March 26 charging Ray with five additional counts of first-degree robbery. He was served with the warrant Monday in the detention center.

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