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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  • by FORGIVE on Apr 2, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    I KNOW TURNER FROM A WHILE BACK...EVERYONE GOES THROUGH TOUGH TIMES AND WHEN DRUGS ARE INVOLVED THEY CAN DRAG YOU THROUGH HELL...EVERYONE SHOULD PRAY FOR TURNER AND FORGIVE HIM FOR WHAT HE DID...HE DOES DESERVE JAIL TIME OR SOME TYPE OF SERIOUS PUNISHMENT BUT THE POOR GUY IS MISERABLE ... I HAVE BEEN AROUND ALOT OF PEOPLE WITH ADDICTIONS AND SEEN WHAT IT DOES TO REALLY GREAT PEOPLE IT IS SO SAD TO HAVE TO WATCH THAT... PLEASE JUST PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY HE IS NOT A BAD GUY.
  • by Tom Location: Meridian on Mar 28, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    For those of you who think he was a nice guy, how would you like a knife stuck in your face? My girlfriend works at one of the stores he robbed and this is something she WILL NEVER forget. He will have his day in court, but when he is found guilty I hope he gets 30 years. These people he terrorized will have that memory for much longer.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    I feel so sorry for his family. I know his mother must be so disappointed. It's an upsetting thing when you have spent your entire parenthood teaching your children about life (rights,wrongs) and they make decisions that could affect their life negatively forever.
  • by SE ALUM II on Mar 24, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    For those of you that say that you have never seen this side or that side of Turner lets remember that people only show you what they want you to see. He has been in and out of jail for numerous reasons over the years and this just tops the cake. Someone could have seriously been hurt or died from his ignorant actions but thank God that they caught him before that happen. Whether its drugs or not he DID IT and now he has to cross the bridge that all criminals cross-jail time. In other words being shocked-poor guy and all that jazz is bull because he put other people lives in danger to get his fix or whatever instead of getting a job or getting some skills for improvement...NO EXCUSES FOR BULL REGARDLESS OF WHAT DEALS YOU!
  • by jj on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    I'M SHOCKED, I NEVER SAW THIS SIDE OF TURNER, LET'S REMEMBER INNOCENT UNTILL PROVEN GUILTY, ALTHOUGH WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, THERE IS FIRE, THIS IS UNFORTUNATE BUT WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR BED YOU MUST LIE IN IT.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I just don't understand his actions...I know he have been caught up in the night life for more than a decade of time now. As far as him being a drug addict, I just don't know. Sometimes people get caught up in a funnel of craziness. Take goodness he did not cause bodily harm to any of his victims. I guess the MPD has hard core evidence linking him to all of these incidents...I just wish he would have chosen another path in life. He could face some serious jail time reaching as high as 20 years. Another life flushed down the tubes for foolishness.
  • by SE Alum on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    If this is Turner from SE c/o 92, I don't recognize him with a fade hair do! haha. poor guy. sometimes you just hit bottom and can't find your way back up. But he still deserves whatever punishment he gets. Someone could have been hurt.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM
    He does not deserve a second chance. He's been arrested more than once, so why give him second chance. The first arrest should have been the last. He has not learned anything.
  • by anonomous Location: meridian on Mar 23, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    i am an employee of one of the stores this idiot robbed, fortunatly i was not work the night this happened but i feel terrible for the girl that was there cause all she was trying to do was make an honest living and taking care of her child,as this fool should have been doing it's hard out there for all of us. This guy is a predator and deserves what he gets and i hope he never gets out i hope he don'tfall thru the cracks as so many do and really hurt someone and for all those that don't believe it was him believe it!!!!!!!!
  • by TASHAY Location: MERIDIAN on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:01 PM
    HOW DUMB CAN U BE..........IM STILL TRYNA FIGURE OUT WUR I KNOW THIS DUDE FROM
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