Two Ardmore men are sitting in the Carter County Detention Center with the opportunity to ponder if "the juice was worth the squeeze" after being taken into custody following a weekend mini-crime spree that netted them less than $600.
Jeremy Wesley Day, 18, and Zachary Lane Walker, 19, both of Ardmore, were pulled over and taken into custody following armed robberies in Ardmore and Love County Sunday afternoon, police said. The two were arrested and face charges of armed robbery and possession of stolen property.
Walker was charged Monday in Carter County District Court with first-degree robbery, and has a preliminary court appearance set for 9 a.m. July 9. Bond was set at $150,000. Love County District Attorney Tim Burson said first-degree robbery charges would be filed against Day late Monday. The charges carry a prison sentence of not less than 10 years to life, and are an 85 percent crime.
Ardmore Police Capt. Eric Hamblin said Day and Walker allegedly robbed the Rockford C Mart in the 2500 block of Crossroads Drive at 12:20 p.m. Sunday. According to Hamblin, one of the suspects was a driver and the other went into the business and brandished a firearm. Court documents indicated Walker pointed a black Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol at the clerk and demanded money. Walker left the business with $347 in cash.
Following the robbery, police were given a description of the vehicle. Officers Chris Clark and Casey Alsobrook sighted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at Plainview Road and U.S. Highway 70. The officers were assisted by members of the department along with Lt. Darian Galloway of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The handgun, which was retrieved during the traffic stop, was previously stolen in Ardmore, Hamblin said.
The two also allegedly robbed Lazy Man's Corner Store, located on U.S. Highway 77 in Love County, just before noon Sunday. Love County Sheriff Joe Russell said pictures were recorded of the two men on a security camera. The sheriff's department was working on the report when Day and Walker were taken into custody in Ardmore. Russell said the men took about $200 from the convenience store.