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Two accused of Armed Robberies in Athens County

Bond has been set a 100-thousand dollars each for two men accused in a crime spree that includes four robberies in Athens County .

Bond was set during initial appearances Friday morning in Athens Muncipal Court for 30-year-old James Whiteman of The Plains and 26-year-old James Geer of Millfield, who were arrested yesterday afternoon.

They’re due back in court on July 27th for preliminary hearings to determine if there’s enough evidence to sent their cases to a Grand Jury.

Sheriff Pat Kelly says the pair has confessed to the June 27th armed robbery of the Chauncey Marathon, the April Eighth armed robbery of the Guysville Marathon and the July 15th armed robbery of the Richland Avenue Speedway, as well as the robbery of T’s Quick Stop in Chauncey and two break-ins at the Maplewood Inn.

Kelly says a black painted BB handgun and a BB rifle with a shotgun barrel over it were seized when search warrants were executed at their homes and at Perform Best Fitness on Columbus Road in Athens.

The sheriff says the suspects told investigators that Whiteman robbed the cashiers at gunpoint while Geer acted as the look out – texting Whiteman when it was clear to enter the businesses.

This article was posted on Friday, 20 July 2012 at 11:39 AM.
Last edited/updated on July 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM.
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