Both local teens in custody on armed robbery charges

James Lynn Crooks

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.

Jeremy Harold Carter

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.

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  1. I get so sick of people blaming the parents for everything a child does wrong. I consider myself to be one of the best moms around. I’ve devoted my life to my child but I can tell you that he or she is not an angel. Society is raising our children, along with people who want to point the finger at someone else because of a child’s wrongdoing. Do the crime, do the time.

  2. They’re not sugar coating anything. Do you know who these “grown men” are? Please don’t judge them because of their age. You have to ask yourself . . . how were these boys raised? What is their home life like? Where are their mothers?

  3. These are not teens. They are men. Call them what they are. They became men when they turned 18. They are not teens. Your paper is just attempting to sugarcoat their image by calling them teens. These are grown men.

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