Four in custody following armed robbery in Jasper

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Four individuals were taken into custody hours after an armed robbery at a local convenience store Wednesday morning.

The robbery occurred at Qwik Sak, located at the intersection of Cordova Cut Off Road and Highway 78 (next to Enterprise Rent-A-Car), around 7 a.m. Wednesday. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.

No injuries were reported.

Following the robbery, the Jasper Police Department shared on their Facebook page that investigators were searching for the armed suspects, who were believed to be traveling in a white SUV or van. 

Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe confirmed the suspects were apprehended in Georgia — just over the Alabama state line — Wednesday afternoon. He said there's believed to be no other suspects in the crime.

The identities of those arrested were not available at press time, as police awaited formal charges.

A number of theft-related crimes have occurred at the Qwik Sak along Cordova Cut Off Road in the past decade. An archive search of the Daily Mountain Eagle revealed two armed robberies at the location in 2009, another armed robbery in March 2012 and an attempted armed robbery at the close of 2013.

Poe said the convenience store's location plays a factor in the number of reported crimes at the business.    

"It's on the outer edges of Jasper, and it makes it a prime location, because it is remote," he said. "It is on the outskirts of town, and they probably feel that their odds of getting away are much greater."

Wednesday's incident has been the only armed robbery to occur in the city of Jasper this year, according to Poe.

More details about Wednesday's robbery are said to be released today.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Jasper police at (205) 221-6790.

Other recent robberies in the county include a robbery attempt at the Dollar General in Oakman on Sunday and an armed robbery at a Carbon Hill gas station in November. There was also an armed robbery at a pharmacy in Sumiton in July and a convenience store armed robbery in Sipsey in April.

In addition, the Walker County Sheriff's Office arrested a number of people in June 2018 on robbery and burglary charges.