Super Lube robbery leads to three arrests

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By Alice Du Pont

Three men, suspected of robbing the Quincy Super-Lube, were arrested shortly after the alleged crime Aug, 13.


Arrested were: Thomas D. Ponder, 22, of 497 Carlisle Drive, Quincy, on charges of with armed robbery, theft, violation of probations and weapons charges; Jerry J. Mitchell, 23, of 348 Byrd Street, Quincy, on charges of armed robbery, theft, violation of probation and weapons charges; and Cameron S. Austin, 29, of 1263 Bayberry Drive, Tallahassee, on charges of with weapons charges and violation of probation. All three are in the county jail with no bond.

According to a press release from the Quincy Police Department, this is what happened: at approximately 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, two men robbed the manager of the Super-Lube at 719 W. Jefferson Street in Quincy at gunpoint.

Once the suspects received an undisclosed amount of money, they fled south on foot toward a residential area. The manager was able to describe in detail the clothing both men wore and said he watched as the two ran away and that he believed they got into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle he had seen driving in the vicinity earlier.

Minutes after a description of the vehicle was radioed to all law enforcement agencies, Detective Brian Alexander of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, saw a yellow Volkswagen leaving the driveway of a home at 909 West Clark Street. The residence is less than a mile from the Super-Lube. The pair was detained and a search of the vehicle revealed a handgun.

Inside the home officers found money and another firearm, which authorities believed to be associated with the alleged robbery. Police also located camouflage clothing and khaki shorts, which matched the description of the clothing the Super-Lube manager told police the robbers were wearing.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the apprehension of the suspects.

Quincy’s Assistant Chief Glenn Sapp said the investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible. Anyone with information about this alleged robbery is asked to contact Commander Capt. Troy Gilyard at 850-627-0140 in the Quincy Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.