Walgreens suspect

Surveilance video captures the image of the suspect in the robbery of Walgreens on Thursday afternoon, April 9, 2020, in Loganville, Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. — A Monroe man pleaded guilty to the robberies of two Athens convenience stores.

Moses Jerome Tidwell, 56, admitted he hopped the checkout counter at a Golden Pantry on North Milledge Avenue on the night of April 7, 2020, and stole $300 from the register. He committed a similar crime nine days later at a Golden Pantry on Atlanta Highway and also took cellphones from two women.

Classic City News reported the convictions from Clarke County Superior Court.

Monroe police and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tidwell at a home on Green Street early on the morning of April 17, 2020. He was the suspect in five separate strongarm robbery cases in Loganville, Monroe, Covington, Athens and Rockdale County.

Two days after the first Golden Pantry robbery, Tidwell allegedly jumped the counter of the Walgreens on Atlanta Highway in Loganville and took cash from the register. He’s also accused of doing the same thing two days after that at the Dollar General on South Broad Street in Monroe.

Judge H. Patrick Haggard sentenced Tidwell to five years in prison and three years on probation, according to the Classic City News.

During his time on probation, Tidwell would be banned from all Golden Pantry stores and must undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

In a letter from jail, reported on by the Athens website, Tidwell said he came from a good family and graduated high school but had been in a spiral since trying crack cocaine at age 24.

“I always kept a job, but I struggle with this drug and I needs help. Prison has not been the answer,” he wrote.

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