Armed Robbers Arrested

Pilfered parrot recovered

Lee Rogers
February 28, 2019 - 11:17 am

ACSO

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On February 24, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office responded to an address on Austin Drive in Anderson regarding an armed robbery.

ACSO deputies, along with lead Detective Watts, arrived to the home and began their initial investigation. The victims of the armed robbery told Detective Watts that two male subjects entered the home wielding a handgun.

One victim further stated that while the suspects were inside the home they stole his exotic bird. The victim said that the suspects, after stealing the bird, left the residence and he called law enforcement.

During his investigation, Detective Watts was able to identify and locate an address for Christopher Hembree and Stephen Rochester. Detective Watts, with the assistance of Uniform Patrol and other CID personnel executed a search warrant at an address on American Airline Road.

From this search warrant, the exotic South African Macaw Parrot "Lewis", valued at $1,500 was found safe. "Lewis" was reunited with his owner and both Hembree and Rochester were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary First Degree, and Simple Larceny.

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