By Jason A. Smith
A McDonough teenager is out of the Cherokee County Jail on $22,400 bond, and more local teens were expected to surrender, for alleged involvement in what police call a robbery scheme, said Brittany Duncan, a spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Department.
Tevin Prewett, 18, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery by way of the online classified ad Internet site, Craigslist. He surrendered to police on Friday.
Duncan said the Woodstock Police Department has charged two Hampton teens, Theo Francois and Edward Bozeman, III, both 18, with the same crime. She said both were expected to surrender Friday, but they have not. A fourth male, whose name has not been released, is also being sought in the case, she said.
Duncan said Woodstock Police Officer Jeremy Cochran encountered the suspects around 1 a.m., Wednesday, while patrolling in the area of Bentley Parkway in Woodstock. "[Cochran] saw the suspects' vehicle sitting in a dark parking lot," Duncan said. "He made contact with the three individuals in the vehicle, and while speaking with them, he observed a fourth male hiding in the bushes nearby." The suspect seen in the bushes, Duncan said, was armed with a rifle.
"Further investigation revealed that all four were awaiting the arrival of an individual they were selling a cell phone to that was advertised on Craigslist," she added.
Police, Duncan continued, believe the four suspects were planning to take money from the person they were waiting to meet. Still, she added, the suspects were not immediately placed under arrest.
"Detectives wanted to follow up and confirm their story, before charges were taken out on them," she said.
Warrants were issued in the case Friday morning for Prewett, Francois and Bozeman, according to Duncan, and Prewett turned himself in to the Cherokee County Jail later that day.
"Police are still investigating charges on the fourth individual involved," she said.