Suspect Charged in Series of Armed Robberies

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

An arrest has been made in a series of armed robberies in Meridian and Lauderdale County.

Investigators say 37-year-old Turner Raymond Alford of Meridian was arrested this weekend.

Alford is charged in connection with four different armed robberies in the city over the last couple of months, as well as similar crimes in Lauderdale County.

Sheriff Billy Sollie said this is an example of the sheriff's department and police department working together by sharing information with the same goal of catching the person responsible.

"I heard, really I heard him, and I looked at the monitor and saw it," said store clerk Dee Higginbotham. "I heard him say, 'Give me all your money. I'm not playing.' And I saw him on the monitor with a knife stuck up to this throat or stuck up to him and then he came around the cash register."

Sheriff Sollie says one factor helping authorities crack cases like these is quality surveillance cameras, which provide a clear image of the suspect.

Authorities say Alford has been connected to at least five holdups:

December 12 - North Hills Gas and Go
March 13 - CEFCO
March 13 - Tobacco World
March 20 - North Hills Gas and Go
March 20 - CEFCO Collinsville

The cases against Alford will be presented to the Lauderdale County grand jury in August.

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