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June 20, 2014

APD arrests 3 in convenience-store burglary

— Two men and one juvenile accused of breaking into an Athens convenience store and stealing multiple cartons of cigarettes have been arrested on burglary charges, an official said.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said officers on Wednesday arrested James Lynn Johnson Jr., 27, of 1412 N. Houston St., Athens; Cody James Cronkhite, 18, of 808 Sanders St., Athens; and a 16-year-old juvenile whose name was withheld.

Johnson was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary — one for the Ankr Food Mart burglary and one for a burglary that occurred June 2 at 1501 N. Houston St., according to jail records and the police. Investigators were able to recover a shotgun that was taken in the Houston Street burglary for which the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Cronkhite and the juvenile were charged with one count, records show.

At 11:43 p.m. Tuesday, someone broke into the Ankr Food Mart on Elm Street, according to police, who were notified by a security company that an alarm had been activated.

“When officers arrived, they found the front door had been broken out,” the chief said. “Taken were several cartons of cigarettes.”

Investigators were able to recover most of the cigarettes Wednesday night, the chief said.

Johnson and Cronkhite were booked at the police department and transferred to the Limestone County Jail, where bail is set at $5,000 and $2,500 respectfully, records show.

The juvenile was released to his mother, the chief said.

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