Harris County Sheriff’s Office Robbery Division investigators have charged four men believed to be part of a national robbery group responsible for numerous robberies in east Harris County, Beaumont, and West Orange area.
They are identified as: Jeremiah Palmer, 18, Kirk Jones, 20, Zachary Johnson , 17, and Anthony Nichols.
Palmer and Jones are charged with aggravated robbery for the Oct. 16, 2014 robbery of an AT & T store in the 2100 block of U.S. 90. There they stole about $33,000 worth of merchandise.
Investigators say that Palmer and Zachary Johnson robbed the Verizon store in the 15300 block of Wallisville Road a few hours later.
All four men are part of a crew that has robbed businesses in the east Houston area to south east Texas and have ties to a criminal enterprise in the Atlanta, Georgia area that purchases stolen merchandise.
All four men were armed when they entered the stores demanding cash and merchandise, specifically iPhone 6 and Android phones. The four suspects netted over $56,000 worth of phones in their robberies.
Authorities in the Atlanta, Georgia area recovered stolen phones from two of the suspects in an unrelated incident. The phones and information on a stolen vehicle that was recovered in the east Harris county robberies broke the case for HCSO investigators.
All four suspects are currently in the Jefferson County Jail in Beaumont, Texas on aggravated robbery charges, awaiting extradition to Harris County.