Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:05

Robbery crime spree ends with guilty pleas

Oct. 16, 2019 – An accused serial robber scheduled for trial this week pled guilty Tuesday to holding up four Family Dollar stores and a Mapco, all at gunpoint during a three-week span last year, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Steven Craig, 26, was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter to 14 years, four months and 24 days on the five aggravated robberies. He also consented to a violation of probation charge from a previous conviction of identity theft and forgery, which added two years and a day to his sentence.
Investigators said Craig carried out robberies at various locations last year between Oct. 18 and Nov. 11 when he robbed the Family Dollar at 1636 Getwell. Craig unknowingly fled the store with a tracking device which led police to his location a short time later.
Officers found an air pistol and clothing matching that of the robber in the backyard of a residence on Woodbourne Court in the Hickory Hill area of southeast Memphis. When police received permission to search the home, they found Craig inside pretending to be asleep.
Witnesses from each robbery identified Craig in photo spreads as the person who robbed them.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Matt McLeod and Brad Reasonover of the DA’s Vertical Team 3 which handles cases in General Sessions Division 11 and Criminal Court Division 3.