Suspects arrested and charged with multiple Pine Belt robberies

Left: Jermaine Stuart - Right: Lewis Hayes
Left: Jermaine Stuart - Right: Lewis Hayes

South Mississippi authorities have tied at least four armed robberies to two Waynesboro men who are now in jail in Hattiesburg, and the number of charges is expected to grow.

Lewis Hayes and Jermaine Stuart of Waynesboro were arrested by Hattiesburg police Monday. They are accused of robbing the Texaco Station on Highway 42 in Glendale on Saturday night.

Police say the two may be responsible for at least seven other armed robberies in Hattiesburg in September.

Meanwhile, Lamar County authorities have charged the pair with the holdup of the Texaco station at the intersection of Old Highway 24 and  Hwy 11 in Oak Grove.

Laurel police charged the pair with robbing two Dollar General stores on South 16th Avenue and Audubon Drive in late August.

Waynesboro Police Chief Jimmy Bunch said the two are among 10 to 12 suspects they believe are connected with the murder of a store clerk in Waynesboro in early September. Ashvanbha Patel, 43, was shot to death after handing over money from a cash register at the Lakeside Tobacco Citgo Gas Station in Waynesboro.

Hayes remains in jail in Hattiesburg while Stuart is being held in Lamar County.

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