EASTON — After a spree of armed robberies, a joint investigation was initiated between investigators of the Easton Police Department, Maryland State Police, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office that resulted in the arrest of Jaron T. Meekins Jr., 21, of Easton and Montashia D. Roberts, 24, also of Easton.
After a month-long spree of robberies, Meekins and Roberts hit the Xtra Mart at 2120 Piney Creek Road, Chester, on Aug. 24 shortly after 9 p.m., police said. Queen Anne’s deputies responded for a reported armed robbery involving a knife. Deputies were met by the store clerk who said an African-American male entered the business and demanded all the money in the cash register or he was going to kill him, police said. The clerk gave the robber the money and the robber fled.
The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Unit for further investigation. Detectives canvassed the area of the robbery and were able to locate a business with video surveillance that captured the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle at the time of the robbery. The car’s tag number came back to Roberts, police said. Based on this information, along with additional information from the surrounding agencies, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office got a search warrant.
Roberts and Meekins also were investigated for connections in four other cases:
Carroll Motor Fuels, 8276 Elliott Road, Easton. At 7:53 p.m. July 27, Easton police were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery. The store clerk described the suspect as an African-American male, tall and with a thin build. The robber displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
High’s Convenience Store, 4046 Ocean Gateway, Trappe. At 9:44 p.m. Aug. 6, Maryland State Police, Easton, responded for a reported armed robbery. Two store clerks said a man entered the store wielding a large, kitchen-style knife and demanded money. The robber was described as an African-American male and stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
Crown Gas Station, 219 Marlboro Avenue, Easton. At 9:45 p.m. Aug. 14, Easton police were dispatched to an armed robbery. The store clerk described the robber as an African-American male. The suspect displayed a large, silver knife and took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
Crown Gas Station, 219 Marlboro Avenue, Easton. At 9:34 p.m. Aug. 22, Easton police responded to another armed robbery. The store clerk described the robber as an African-American male who threatened the clerk with a large knife. The robber took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.
On Aug. 27, with the assistance of the Easton Police Department Crisis Response Unit, investigators from Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Easton Police, Maryland State Police and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search and seizure warrant at 406 Leontyne Place, where they found evidence related to the robberies, police said.
Meekins Jr. later was taken into custody.
On Aug. 28, Roberts was charged with involvement in the robberies.
Meekins faces 55 charges related to the five armed robberies, including armed robbery, robbery, theft, reckless endangerment, and first- and second degree assault.
Roberts faces 51 charges related to four of the armed robberies, including armed robbery, robbery, theft, reckless endangerment, first- and second-degree assault, and conspiracy on all counts.
Both Meekins and Roberts were held without bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.