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Aiken man charged in robberies of Thomson convenience stores

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the recent armed robberies of two convenience stores in McDuffie County, authorities say.

Maj. Ronnie Williamson of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Jarvarice Broadwater, 25, of the 800 block of Laurens Street, Aiken. He was taken into custody Jan. 8.

Mr. Broadwater has been charged with two counts of armed robbery stemming from the Jan. 3 robbery of the Extreme Convenience Store on Washington Road near Thomson and the Jan. 4 robbery of the Chevron Food Mart on Cobbham Road, according to Maj. Williamson.

He is being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.

No one was injured in either of the robberies. A handgun was used in both holdups.

The arrest of Mr. Broadwater was made possible, Maj. Williamson said, through information from the public and combined efforts of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson, the McDuffie, Richmond and Aiken counties' sheriff's offices and the Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office.

"I would like to especially commend Investigator Al Reeves of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office and GBI Special Agent Tony Williamson for their hard work and dedication to duty as lead agents in this investigation," Maj. Williamson said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

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