• 45°

Police make arrests in recent cases

Brookhavenites can rest easier tonight after a pair of allegedpurse snatchers and an alleged local convenience store robber wereapprehended recently, Police Chief Pap Henderson said.

Charles Wilson, 19, of 916 Funchess Ave., was arrested alongwith a juvenile suspect in the case of two purse-snatchings indowntown Brookhaven recently.

The first purse-snatching took place May 13 in the downtown areanear State Bank, and the second took place on June 1 at Fred’sDollar Store on Brookway Boulevard, Henderson said.

“They’d see someone with a purse and just walk up and snatchit,” Henderson said.

Wilson posted bond Wednesday after his initial hearing Monday.Henderson said Wilson’s preliminary hearing has been set for laterthis month.

The juvenile was initially taken to Pike County’s juveniledetention center and was brought back Monday. Henderson said he isnow home with his mother.

Henderson said Darrell Gilmore, 29, of 1279 Crete Lane, was alsoarrested and charged with robbery recently in the case of a robberyat the City Mart #1 on Zetus Road on May 21.

Henderson said Gilmore was allegedly driving what appeared to bethe getaway car for a masked offender who went into the storedemanding money from the clerk. Also, the chief said Gilmore wasout on bond and awaiting a trial in connection with a robbery ofthe same store late last year.

Henderson said the store owner lived behind the store and hadsecurity cameras in place. The owner chased the masked suspect intothe woods and he returned to the truck that was owned and allegedlydriven by Gilmore.

Gilmore is not divulging the name of his cohort, Hendersonsaid.v