Six Alleged Thieves Indicted On 27 Counts

Six people have been indicted for 27 counts in relation to multiple armed robberies of fast food restaurants, gas stations and other local businesses in Arkansas.

Christopher Earnest Bell, 36; Daniel Glenn Caple, 20; Justin Prince Pettis, 23; Tony Bernard Smith, 28; Antwann Deshawn Sockwell, 24; and Mike Dewayne Waller, 45, allegedly stole from businesses in Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, Sherwood, Lonoke and Carlisle over the past year.

Charges are as follows:

Christopher Earnest Bell, of Little Rock – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, nine counts of interference with commerce by robbery

Daniel Glenn Caple, of Amity – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, three counts of interference with commerce by robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence

Justin Prince Pettis, of Little Rock – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, three counts of interference with commerce by robbery

Tony Bernard Smith, of  Little Rock – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, six counts of interference with commerce by robbery

Antwann Deshawn Sockwell, of  Little Rock – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery,  three counts of interference with commerce by robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence

Mike Dewayne Waller, of Little Rock – conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery,  11 counts of interference with commerce by robbery, two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence

Businesses affected include Wendy’s, Burger King, Shell Super Stop, Citgo, Taco Bell, Little Caesar’s, Tropical Smoothie, McDonald’s, Dollar General, Taco Bueno, and Andy’s Restaurant.

Authorities say the thieves would arrive at a business late in the evening. One person would take the manager to the safe, while one to three others would hold the customers and employees at gunpoint. A getaway driver would wait nearby.

Between $200 and $6,100 were taken during the robberies.

Police are still looking for Bell and Sockwell. The other four have been arrested.


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