COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police say the arrest of a local man has led them to bust a major robbery ring spanning from Columbus to Metro Atlanta.
Twenty-one-year-old Adrian Abernathy has been charged with seven armed robberies and two criminal attempt armed robberies.
In December, investigators say Abernathy, his brother Jamaal and Reginald Jackson tried to rob the CVS Pharmacy on Milgen Road. The business had been robbed at least two other times by three black males so when employees saw the men putting masks on outside, they locked the store down. Police arrested the trio a short distance from the store.
Before that, Columbus detectives had been investigating a rash of armed robberies involving three to four black men since August, all similar in nature.
After interviewing the three men after their arrest, they were able to tie Adrian to seven other armed robberies in Columbus.
Investigators have been able to identify other suspects involved in those seven other armed robberies, including Columbus resident Darrell Lee.
Police have issued warrants for two other individuals they say have been committing armed robberies with Abernathy in Columbus and the Atlanta area.
Columbus investigators tell News Leader 9 they expect to make more arrests in the case.
Abernathy has pleaded not guilty to his charges.
His case has been bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court for trial.