It was the tip Troup County Sheriff’s investigators had been waiting on for a year.
Finally, early this week, credible information about the armed robbery at the Hog Heaven restaurant off West Point Road came in that helped investigators crack the case – and find their man. On Wednesday, the Troup County Sheriff’s Office announced with the assistance of the Auburn, Alabama, Police Department they had arrested James Christopher Jenkins, 43, and charged him with armed robbery.
It was the closure both for the Sheriffs Office and Hog Heaven owner, Terri Brooke, had been hoping for since it happened on July 25, 2013.
“I’ve had people asking me, ‘hey, did they ever catch the suspect?’ And I’d say, Not yet! But I always had a feeling the sheriffs office would find him,” said Brooke.
Investigators did too. They say they were flooded with tips about the robbery since it happened.
According to the TCSO, Jenkins walked into Hog Heaven in broad daylight and pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money. He then left the building with an undisclosed amount of cash. Brooke said they were fortunate there was only one server in the dining area at the time and they weren’t hurt during the robbery.
The sheriffs office was able to capture a clear image of Jenkins as he robbed the restaurant and quickly released it to the public. They followed up every lead and eventually caught their man. Brooke said she’s grateful to the sheriffs office and the public who helped put Jenkins behind bars, and glad no one was hurt during his arrest.
“When you commit a crime, you’re eventually going to get caught,” said Brooke.
Jenkins was extradited to the Troup County Jail. TCSO Investigators say they’re could be additional arrests in the future.