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NEW INFO: Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Robberies; Sister Set for Trial

By: Brooks Jarosz, Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Anna Baxter, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 11/29/12
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man who admitted to holding up several gas stations earlier this year is headed to prison for several years.

The Meigs County, Ohio Prosecutors Office tells WSAZ.com that Alex A. Craig was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

He received a 10-year sentence for each count of aggravated robbery that he pleaded guilty to in August.

Craig admitted to holding up the TNT Pitstop in Syracuse on March 30, the TNT Pitstop in Chester on April 2, and the 124 Mart near Pomeroy on April 10.

Alex Craig was originally charged with kidnapping in the cases, but those charges were dropped as part of his plea deal.

Investigators believe Craig was also involved in robberies in Mason and Millwood, W.Va., but he has not been charged in those cases.

Craig's sister Marcy Craig is also charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the case.

She is scheduled to go on trial in January.

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UPDATE 6/22/12
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Trial dates have been set for a brother and sister charged in a number of gas station robberies in Meigs County, Ohio.

Alex Craig, 26, and Marcy Craig, 37, are charged with three counts of aggravated robbery. Alex is also charged with two counts of kidnapping.

Alex is expected to go on trial on the charges on August 28. His sister Marcy is expected to go on trial on July 26.

Investigators say the two held up the TNT Pitstop in Syracuse on March 30, the TNT Pitstop in Chester on April 2, and the 124 Mart near Pomeroy on April 10.

Alex Craig faces 62 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges. He is being held on a $1 million bond with 10 percent cash allowed.

Marcy faces 30 years. She is being held on a $750,000 bond, with 10 percent cash allowed.



UPDATE 4/30/12 @ 3:20 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A brother and sister charged in a number of gas station robberies have been indicted by a Meigs County Grand Jury.

According to court documents, Marcy Craig, 37, and Alex Craig, 26, both of Racine, have been indicted on three counts of aggravated robbery. Alex was also indicted on two counts of kidnapping.

The charges stem from the armed robberies of the TNT in Syracuse and Chester, and the 124 Mart.

Alex was originally charged with seven counts of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated robbery. Marcy was originally charged with seven counts of complicity to kidnapping and three counts of complicity to aggravated robbery.

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UPDATE 4/19/12
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, the case against a brother and sister charged in a number of gas station robberies was bound over to the grand jury.

26-year-old Alex Craig and 37-year-old Marcy Craig, both of Racine were arrested earlier this month.

Alex is charged with seven counts of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated robbery.

Marcy is charged with seven counts of complicity to kidnapping and three counts of complicity to aggravated robbery.

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UPDATE 4/12/12 @ 1:45 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The brother and sister arrested and charged in a series of gas station robberies appeared in Meigs County Municipal Court Thursday morning.

26-year-old Alex Craig and 37-year-old Marcy Craig, both of Racine, were arrested by Meigs County Sheriff Deputies Wednesday.

Alex is charged with seven counts of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated robbery.

Marcy is charged with seven counts of complicity to kidnapping and three counts of complicity to aggravated robbery.

The charges are connected to the armed robberies of the TNT in Syracuse and Chester, and the 124 Mart.

Bond was set at $500,000 for each person.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 19.

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UPDATE 4/11/12 @ 6 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The family who robs together goes to jail together.

A brother and sister stand accused of going on a violent crime spree -- stretching from Ohio to West Virginia. They are now off the streets.

Alex and Marcy Craig were busted Wednesday on a slew of armed robbery and kidnapping charges. And as WSAZ.com discovered, many fed-up victims have a clear message for anyone who tries to rob with a gun.

As soon as he saw a surveillance video, Meigs County Sheriff Robert Beegle says one of his deputies knew who was hiding behind the hood and mask and handgun.

"He said, 'That's Alex,' " Beegle said.

Investigators say one chilling video clip shows a clerk’s husband failing to tackle an armed Alex Craig. Beegle says the local 26-year-old ex-convict confessed to robbing five gas stations during the past few weeks -- stations spread out through Meigs County and into Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia.

Beegle says Craig's 37-year-old sister Marcy confessed to driving the getaway car in three of the holdups. The siblings also face multiple kidnapping charges related to clerks and customers being forced to act against their will.

At the victimized TNT Pit Stop in Chester, Ohio, where they close earlier now, a 21-year veteran clerk says her job now has an uncomfortable edge to it.

“It's just the strangers that come in," Avis Spencer said. "You're watching everybody, and some of the people you've known for a long time.”

Several customers, fed up with all the robberies and burglaries of businesses and homes, say any would be small town bad guys better realize the good guys have guns, too.

“Somebody's going to get shot one of these days, and they better be prepared,” Al Graham said.

He and many others say that's fair warning.

The sheriff says the Craigs did not confess to the robberies Easter weekend at the Guysville Marathon station in Athens County.

Both brother and sister are behind bars.



UPDATE 4/4/12 @ 6 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Department believes the man behind a robbery at a convenience store in the Millwood area is connected to other robberies in the region.

Sheriff's deputies say the latest robbery happened at the J-Mart along Route 2 just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Surveillance video shows the man -- dressed from head to toe with a black bandanna -- walk into the store, pull out a gun and demand cartons of cigarettes and money.

The clerk stuffed the cigarettes and money into a plastic bag, and the man ran out of the store. Deputies don't know if he jumped in a getaway car.

The clerk describes him as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing from 160 to 165 pounds.

Deputies say this man is believed to be a serial robber.

"We saw a bunch of cops across the street at the store and didn't really know what to think," neighbor Robert Tindol said. "There shouldn't be anybody on the loose like that -- nothing but trouble can come from that."

Deputies say they believe this same man robbed a convenience store in Chester, Ohio, on April 2, another store in Syracuse, Ohio, and one in Mason County, W.Va., in recent weeks.

"At least four armed robberies in the last week or so," Chief Deputy Tony Boggs said. "So based upon experience, the odds of him striking again, I'd say, are pretty good."

Deputies say during the robbery at the store in Chester, the man made the clerk get on the ground and he then pointed the gun at the clerk's head. That robbery also was caught on surveillance video.

No one was hurt in the robberies.

"Obviously it's a top priority right now until we can get him off the street," Boggs said. "Based upon what we have right now, it's very limited. We could use any help we could get from the public."

If you have any information, you're urged to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 304-373-2290.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/3/12
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man used a gun late Tuesday night to hold up a convenience store in the Millwood area of Jackson County, according to Jackson County 911 dispatchers.

They say a man walked into the J-Mart in Millwood just before 11 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money.

So far, no one has been arrested.

Deputies and state police are searching for the man.

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