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Police charge brother and sister with 16 armed robberies

Investigators from police departments recently cooperated in identifying two suspects in connection with a string of armed robberies in Northeast Ohio communities. The individuals are alleged to be brother and sister, and they now face charges for violent crimes.

A grand jury returned a 99-count indictment, commencing with an armed robbery on April 29 at CVS and ending on June 28 at a Speedway convenience store in Maple Heights. In all, the spree comprises 16 robberies.

In each of the robberies, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face entered the business. He pulled a gun and demanded cash from the register. All of the robberies occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The brother allegedly participated in all 16 robberies. His sister is accused of acting as his getaway driver in six of the robberies. A CCTV camera captured a view of the sister's car, and investigators began keeping it under surveillance.

Motor vehicle records enabled investigators to identify the sister as the owner of the vehicle, and police began to keep an eye on the siblings. On June 28, 2017, the pair allegedly committed two robberies within an hour.

After the second robbery, police spotted the sister's car and pulled it over. The pair were arrested and now face dozens of counts of aggravated robbery, robbery and kidnapping.

In all, the crime spree involved eight cities in two counties in the Cleveland suburbs. The two suspects are facing criminal charges and persuasive evidence, but they are nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until they are proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Bedford brother, sister charged with carrying out 16 armed robberies," Cory Shaffer, July 27, 2017

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