Suspect in string of crimes was on parole from serving 119 years in prison

Suspect in string of crimes was on parole from serving 119 years in prison

JEMISON, AL (WSFA) - A south Alabama man recently paroled from prison has been arrested and charged in connection with several crimes including strong-arm robbery and a vehicle theft in Troy as well as a gas station robbery in Chilton County.

Wesley Aaron Stringer, 46, of Goshen, was taken into custody without further incident Tuesday morning in Troy.

Troy police said Sunday night, Stringer entered a convenience store in the 12,000 block of U.S. Highway 231. While the clerk was gathering cleaning supplies from a back room and did not realize the suspect was in the store, Stringer is said to have put his hands around her waist and ordered her not to move. He then forced her to open the register before locking her in a back room.

Troy police said Stringer also stole a vehicle from a business in the industrial park on Hwy. 231 south of Troy.

More than 100 miles north, Jemison police responded to a gas station Monday morning where Stringer is accused of robbing the BP  just off I-65 at the Jemison/Thorsby exit (219).

The Troy Police Department said Stringer was arrested around 8 a.m. Tuesday walking along Pearson Street on Azalea Court.

The man "is no stranger to law enforcement," Troy police said.

Stringer was paroled from prison in February after 1997 convictions on first-degree robbery and first-degree theft of property. He was sentenced to 99 years on the first charge and 20 years on the second charge.

Stringer is to be transferred from the Troy City Jail to the Pike County Jail on bonds totaling $7,500 for the Troy warrants.

Meanwhile, efforts are being made to revoke Stringer's parole.

Multiple agencies took part in efforts to capture Stringer, including the Troy, Jemison, and Clanton police departments, U.S. Marshals, the Alabama Department of Public Safety, Chilton, Montgomery, and Pike County sheriff's offices, and the Pike County District Attorney's Office.

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