Two Guyton men were indicted by an Effingham County grand jury on Monday on multiple charges stemming from armed robberies at two local businesses last fall.
Casey Shearhouse, 20, and Aaron Kirby, 20, were arrested in August following a 10-month investigation by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. Their cases now move to superior court.
Shearouse was indicted on armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, false imprisonment, two counts of second-degree burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Kirby was indicted on armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, two counts of second-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer.
Kirby and Shearouse were involved in two armed robberies in three days in October, according to the ECSO. Investigators determined Shearouse drove Kirby to the El Cheapo on Long Bridge Road on Oct. 22, and Kirby attempted to rob the store.
“Kirby jumped on the counter with a replica shotgun. The clerk pointed a firearm at Kirby before he ran away,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.
The two men also committed an armed robbery at the Octane Gas Station on Highway 80 on Oct. 24, according to investigators.
“Kirby entered the store with a tactical shotgun and held the clerk at gunpoint, making him fill a bag of lottery tickets and other items,” Ehsanipoor said. “Shearouse was the getaway driver.”
According to the ECSO, investigators tracked Shearouse to Baldwin County. Sheriff’s deputies there arrested Shearouse on Aug. 5 at a home near Milledgeville.
Kirby was arrested behind a residence on Watts Road after he fled from deputies, Ehsanipoor said. A 16-year-old juvenile also was arrested and charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal as deputies were attempting to locate Kirby.