Ringgold Grocery armed robbery suspect arrested


STAFF REPORT :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of Ringgold Grocery located at 4243 Jackson Road.

The investigation, which has been ongoing, resulted in additional interviews this week that led to the suspect’s identification as 17-year-old Caleb Maines, of 1713 Park Circle.

The SCSO SWAT Team and investigators of the Criminal Investigation Division on Tuesday executed a search warrant at Maines’ residence, but he was not present.

Investigators on Thursday received information that Maines had returned to 1713 Park Circle. The Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Special Operations Unit, SWAT Team, deputies and investigators established a perimeter around the residence.

“We were able to speak to some of Caleb’s relatives who were at the residence via phone and met with them face to face. Working together with them we were able to convince Maines to surrender peacefully,” said Sheriff Darrell Dix.

Maines was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed in the Spalding County Jail.

He has been charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a minor.

“Our Deputies, Investigators and other team members did an outstanding job of following up on the leads they received, gathering evidence, and conducting interviews. Their teamwork, following the game plan, and their tenacity, led to this suspect being taken into custody,” Dix said. “We also want to say, ‘thank you’ for the leads and tips that were provided to us by the public that helped solve this case.”

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