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CMPD charges 2 in string of robberies

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    - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
    Jarvis Jermine Short has been charged in connection with four armed robberies in recent weeks across Charlotte, police say. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)
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    - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
    Quashawn Ali Oliver has been charged in connection with four armed robberies in recent weeks across Charlotte, police say. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested two men in connection with a string of armed robberies across the city in recent weeks.

Jarvis Jermine Short, 20, was arrested Sunday, and 23-year-old Quashawn Ali Oliver was taken into custody Tuesday.

Short was arrested after a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of South Hoskins Road, police say. Investigators say he was a passenger in a vehicle.

At the time, Short was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Police say they also found a number of items, including gloves and a bandana, that the suspect was wearing in one of the robberies.

On Monday, police say, Short admitted to being involved in the robberies.

Oliver was driving the car that was stopped early Sunday, but he was not arrested initially. After questioning Short, police went looking for Oliver and took him into custody without incident Tuesday.

The four robberies were on Jan. 13 at the Red Sea Grocery in the 5400 block of East Independence Boulevard; Jan. 14 at the Dollar General in the 3700 block of Oakdale Road; Jan. 16 at the MC Food Mart in the 2600 block of Sam Wilson Road; and Jan. 23 at the 7-Eleven in the 2900 block of Mount Holly-Huntersville Road.

Oliver was charged with five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; second-degree kidnapping; three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery; and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Short was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; second-degree kidnapping; three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery; and three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

“Thanks to alert Freedom Division officers who immediately relayed information to detectives, a thorough investigation from the Armed Robbery unit, and a rapid apprehension from the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, these suspects were taken into custody before they could further prey on the community,” said Officer Jessica Wallin, a spokeswoman for CMPD.

Anyone with additional information in the four robberies is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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