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Three men arrested after bank robbery

CHAMBERS — Three men were arrested Tuesday afternoon after stealing an undisclosed amount of currency from Farmers and Merchants Bank in Huguley.

LaMartrez Oshun Story, 22, of Lafayette; Jacobie Tionne Phillips, 25, of Valley; and Cordero Jakevion Story, 22, of Valley, were all charged with first degree robbery for the incident.

Lanett Police officers and Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene after being dispatched by the Chambers County EMA/911 following a robbery alarm, according to a press release.

Police said that witnesses provided descriptions of the offenders, described as two black males wearing dark shirts, gloves and face-coverings, and a description of the vehicle they got into after the incident.

According to Major Johnny Wood of the Lanett Police Department, only one of the men was armed with a revolver. The weapon was used to intimidate, but no rounds were fired and no injuries were reported.

They exited the bank and ran behind Chicken Stop and were observed getting into a red Ford Mustang that reportedly went South on Cusseta Road at a high rate of speed.

All information was dispatched to surrounding agencies and Captain Robert Chambers of the Drug Task Force located the vehicle on County Road 83. He notified all units before initiating a traffic stop on the vehicle, police said.

Supporting units from Valley Police Department, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and Lanett Police Department arrived on the scene of the traffic stop shortly thereafter.

The three occupants were identified, were summarily arrested and charged with first degree robbery.

“This was probably the best example of a coordinated effort between multiple agencies that you could get,” Wood said. “Within seven minutes the offenders were identified, stopped and arrested for the crime.”

In the press release, the Lanett Police Department thanked private citizens, Captain Robert Chambers, Valley Police Department and Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for their information, quick response and professionalism that led to the offenders’ apprehension.

More details will become available as investigators release them.