published Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Chattanooga: Police arrest suspected robber after crime spree

A man with a red bandana pulled over part of his face approached the check-out counter at the Kangaroo convenience store at 4900 Brainerd Road on Monday afternoon.

“I have a gun,” the man told a clerk.

The 24-year-old clerk handed over about $160 in cash before the bandit fled the scene in an older model gray sedan with front-end damage, according to Chattanooga arrest reports.

The robber wasn’t done yet.

He drove to another convenience store — the Mapco Express at 4711 Brainerd Road — and went to pay $10 for gas when he asked for all of the cash in the register. The clerk asked if he was serious and he pulled the bandana over the lower half of his face. The clerk gave him $83 in cash.

Chattanooga police and East Ridge police arrested 20-year-old Charlie Fletcher in connection with Monday’s robberies in Brainerd. Police also suspect Fletcher committed three robberies in East Ridge.

Police were able to track Fletcher down by finding his 1979 gray Buick Regal which came back registered to him, according to reports.

Police officers set up a perimeter around the house at 2216 Elmendorf St. and called Fletcher and the other occupants out. He was still wearing the same clothes — blue jeans and a black jacket — from the robberies when police arrested him.

His mother identified him as a suspect in the images of the surveillance footage from the Mapco robbery.

Fletcher was arrested in October for theft. That case is still pending.

As of Tuesday, Fletcher remained in jail on a $120,000 bond. His next court date is set for Jan. 22 before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

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