VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - On Saturday, Jan. 2 at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers of the Valley Police Department were called to Chambley's Bait and Tackle located in the 3700 block of 20th Ave. in reference to a robbery.
Officers met with the store clerk and were told that he was closing for the night when he heard noises coming from the rear of the business that sounded as if someone were trying to make entry.
The clerk, who was armed with a handgun, went to investigate. He then heard voices and movement coming from the restroom. He opened the door and confronted two black males that had climbed in through a window.
One of the black males immediately escaped back through the window. The other suspect charged at the clerk and they started wrestling.
While they were wrestling the gun discharged but no-one was struck. The suspect then took the gun from the clerk and left through the window.
While investigating this crime, Valley Investigators reviewed the store's video surveillance and identified one of the suspects at Fransico Bernard St. George, 18 of Lanett.
Stills from the video were sent to a Juvenile Intake officer with the Chambers County Juvenile Court system and he was able to identify the second suspect as a 16 year old resident of Lanett.
Both St. George and the juvenile were arrested approximately three hours after the robbery. The juvenile was arrested at his residence. St. George was arrested at a residence on 16th Avenue in Valley.
The stolen handgun was also recovered at this residence. Both defendants were brought to the Valley Police Department where they were interviewed and both admitted to their part in the robbery. Both were charged with second degree robbery and second degree theft of property.
The Valley Police Department would like to thank the Chambers County Juvenile Court, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, and the Lanett Police Department for their assistance in bringing this case to a swift conclusion.