Paul Matthew Tingle, who is in his early 20s, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of second-degree robbery.
He is a suspect in armed robberies at Kathy’s Gro-cery in Manchester, Barbara Ann’s Too in Jasper and the Boldo Crown Station.
The announcement of Tingle’s arrest was made on Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Jury Room of the Walker County Courthouse.
Already behind bars are Adam Stimpson, 25, and Justin Taylor, 21, both of Oakman. They are charged with first-degree robbery stemming from several robberies of Walker County convenience stores that occurred between Dec. 28 and Jan. 14.
Stimpson is charged with seven robberies while Taylor is a suspect in eight robberies. Other businesses that were robbed during the spree, according to local law enforcement authorities, include Spirit Mart, Farr Shore Chevron, Oakman Texaco, BP Don’s No. 7 and Goodsprings Chevron.
The officials said the robbers armed with a long gun took from the stores an undisclosed amount of cash as well as cigarettes. No one was injured as a result of the crimes.
Two juvenile suspects have also been arrested, and police expect more arrests to be made in the coming days.
Jasper Police Chief Danny Patton said cooperation between the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper Police Department — the partners in the new task force — made the arrests possible.
“The bad guys didn’t follow any jurisdictional lines. We didn’t either,” Patton said. “We just worked together, hand-in-hand. And all three agencies accomplished something that we had very little evidence on.”
The crime task force was organized by newly elected District Attorney Bill Adair, who received several phone calls about the robberies from concerned citizens days before he was sworn into office on Jan. 17.
After discussing the idea with Patton and Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey, Adair said both men were enthusiastic about the partnership.
Adair said he is hopeful the law-enforcement agencies will be able to work together in the future to get criminals off the street and prevent future wrongdoing.
If convicted, Adair said Stimpson and Taylor face 10 years to life in prison for each count of first-degree robbery.
Tingle faces two to 20 years in jail for each count of second-degree robbery if he is found guilty.
Authorities got a major break in the case when a citizen recognized the voice of one of the suspects on a video recorded by one of the robbed store’s surveillance system.
“That gave us some solid footing, and we connected other things as we went along,” said Tirey.
Because the crimes are still under investigation, authorities are seeking the community’s help.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies are asked to contact the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464 or the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121.