Two Muskogee teens charged in the Dec. 19 Dollar General robbery are accused of galavanting across state lines to rob a Dollar General store using a meat cleaver and a knife.
Kaleb Devonta Sanders, 15, and Marcus Ladarren Roland, 18, are implicated in an attempted robbery of a Dollar General in Wichita, Kan., a Dollar General robbery in the Oklahoma City area and a robbery of a convenience store in the same area, Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said.
“They’re not scared to use whatever weapon possible to get more cash,” Loge said. “It’s just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt or they get seriously hurt or killed.”
Two people have already been injured in a robbery, Loge said. Employees of the Dollar General in Wichita resisted the Christmas time robbery and received non life-threatening injuries, Loge said.
Sanders' and Roland’s series began Dec. 15, when Roland eluded police on a high-speed chase. Loge said Sanders was let go because he was believed to be a teenage tag-along. Roland — a transwoman — did not stay in jail then, Loge said.
Roland has been seen presenting himself as male and as female, Loge said.
Four days later, they committed the robbery at the Dollar General on East Peak Boulevard and Cherokee Drive, according to the probable cause affidavit. Sanders and Roland both have outstanding warrants for the robbery in which they allegedly tied up three people, stole an undetermined amount of money and stole a vehicle to get away.
Thus far, their method of operation has been to target Dollar General stores with weapons to demand money, Loge said.
At the Muskogee Dollar General, they “brandished a pistol and demanded money,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
In the Oklahoma City area, the two robbed the Dollar General and the convenience store with one handgun; in Muskogee, both were armed; in Kansas, they were armed with a meat cleaver and a knife, Loge said.
Investigators are looking at other armed robberies to which Sanders and Roland may be connected.
“They’re armed, they’re dangerous and they’re not afraid to run from the police,” Loge said. “We believe that they could have contacts in the state of Texas.”
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