Three accused in local robbery tied to similar Greenville crimes

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 24, 2008 - Three men caught Tuesday in Greenville following a chase were charged with t aggravated robbery ata Sulphur Springs gas station.

Officers have also collected evidence they believe ties the trio to convenience store robberies in Greenville over the weekend.

Brandon Lee Light, 20, of Greenville and Scott Christian Rich and Michael Brandon Davis, both 21 and both of Garland, were in Hunt County jail Thursday on the Sulphur Springs aggravated robbery charges.

The three men are accused of robbing the League Street E-Z Mart at gunpoint about 9:15 p.m. Monday. According to reports, they waited to enter until customers left the store, then one pointed a rifle at the clerk while two others reached over the counter, opened the register and extracted cash. They left in the Honda Accord.

After midnight Monday, Greenville police spotted the car and became involved in a vehicle pursuit, which quickly turned to a foot chase when the three men bailed out of the car and fled. One was quickly apprehended when a police dog tracked the man; he was found hiding under a car. The two others were found hiding in church, Sulphur Springs Police Investigator David Gilmore said Thursday.

Gilmore Tuesday reviewed the surveillance tape taken from the E-Z Mart cameras showing the robbery. He then went to Greenville Police Department's jail where the three men were being held. They wee wearnging mostly the same clothes as the robbers in the store video.

The clothing, a rifle and money were taken as evidence. All the information was presented to the district attorney, and warrants issued late Tuesday. Gilmore served the warrants.

On Wednesday morning, a search warrant was executed on the car the trio had abandoned, turning up information linking the men to two convenience store robberies reported overnight Friday in Greenville.

Greenville authorities were still investigating those cases Thursday morning, Gilmore said. Sulphur Springs Police Department's investigation into the E-Z Mart robbery also continues.

If convicted of the first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge, each man faces five years to 99 years or life in prison.

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