Police bust suspects in weeks-long Montgomery robbery spree

Published: Sep. 23, 2015 at 3:05 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2015 at 3:05 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A troublesome crime spree has been busted by Montgomery Police after it plagued the city for weeks. One group of men is allegedly to blame for the crimes.

Details are limited but authorities say it's been a productive month for the Montgomery Police Department.

"Beginning of August through September, we had a robbery spree where we had multiple robberies and we developed Marquise Fannin and his partner Bradley Cleveland, and associated with them with some of the robberies," said Lt. CJ Coughlin. We were able to assign warrants and put them in the county."

More than a dozen different business robberies now cleared, police say convenience stores and small business across all sectors of the city were affected.

"Usually when they go on a robbery spree, they'll usually hit multiple different locations throughout the city, and that's usually how they get caught," Lt. Coughlin said. "They'll develop a pattern. We'll work our leads, and we'll end up catching them."

Marquise Fannin faces 12 first degree robbery charges. His alleged accomplice, Bradley Cleveland, faces another 3 counts of robbery.

"It's a significant amount of business robberies that go cleared up," Lt. Coughlin admitted, adding, "we're pleased with it. Detectives worked hard on it, and they're still working hard on this case as they do on any unsolved case that we have. But it's really the help of the citizens that helped these as well."

Coughlin says small businesses and citizens can protect themselves by being a good witness.

"Observe what they look like, what they sound like, describe how tall they are, what they're wearing if you're able to tell us where they're going, what they're driving. If you have access to a phone, call 911," he said.

If you include Donald Ryan Rushing's robbery and theft charges, MPD has apprehended three men just this past week for at least 14 capital city robberies.

Fannin is being held on a $560,000 bond, and Cleveland's bond has been set at $120,000.

Investigators urge folks to contact CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP if you have any information that could help with the investigation.

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