Two Rappahannock County teenagers are now in custody on robbery and weapons charges stemming from the Dec. 20 armed robbery of a Virginia ABC Store in the town of Orange. Shortly after midnight early Saturday (Jan. 15), the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office took James Lynn Crooks, 19, of Sperryville, into custody without incident on an unrelated charge.
Crooks and Jeremy Harold Carter, 19, of Amissville, were charged earlier this week with armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the ABC store incident in Orange. Not long after a statewide alert was sent out by Virginia State Police to media outlets, Carter turned himself in to state police investigators Tuesday evening (Jan. 11) and was taken to the Culpeper County Jail.
The state police Culpeper division’s criminal investigations bureau is heading the investigation, with the assistance of the Virginia ABC’s law enforcement bureau and town of Orange police.
State police are also investigating the possibility that two other individuals assisted Crooks and Carter as a lookout and driver of a getaway vehicle.
No one inside the store was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 800-572-2260 or 540-829-7771.