HAMMOND, LA – (August 23, 2016) - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:
Over the past few weeks the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office (TPSO) has been investigating numerous robberies that occurred at local businesses during daylight hours. Several of these incidents were similar in nature where an unknown black male would enter a local store and aggressively jump over the front counter as the cashier was completing a transaction and remove money from the register.
Specifically on August 21, 2016, deputies responded to two separate reports of simple robbery. The first incident occurred at approximately 1:19 p.m. at the Dollar General Store located on Happywoods Road in Hammond. The second incident took place a short time later around 1:40 p.m.at the Dollar General located on Pumpkin Center Road, in Hammond. In both incidents, an unknown male hopped over the counter and stole money from the cash drawer as the cashier was making a transaction.
Upon investigation, deputies identified 23 year old Anthony Syntell Jackson of Albany, LA. as a prime suspect to these incidents. Deputies then attempted to make contact with Jackson who was still in the area where the second incident occurred. Upon doing so, the suspect fled on foot from deputies through several subdivisions along Bankston Road, which is adjacent to where the robbery took place. Within moments, deputies had Jackson in custody.
During an interview with Jackson, it was determined that Jackson was indeed the perpetrator who committed both of these crimes. It was also learned that the Tickfaw Police Department and the Village of Tangipahoa Police Department were investigating several burglaries where the suspect committed similar acts of burglary dating back to August 5, 2016. After reviewing evidence and video surveillance from previously reported robberies, it appears that Jackson may face additional charges.
To date, Jackson is in the parish jail and has been charged with 4 count of simple robbery, possession of CDS I, and resisting arrest.