Text messaging used in crime

Published 8:55 am Monday, January 28, 2008

JACKSON (AP) — Text messaging, popular tool of communication through cell phones, is now becoming a tool for criminals in robberies of fast-food restaurants and gas stations, a Jackson police detective says.

Last month, a cook at Mugshots Grill & Bar in Jackson used a text message to signal his two cohorts that it was the right time to rob the business and patrons, Detective Brad Davis said. Police said the two cohorts had waited up to six hours outside the establishment.

David Bell, 20, Jimmy Redmond, 19, and Godwin Aguebor, 17, are charged with six counts of armed robbery of individuals and one count of robbery of a business.

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Bell had his preliminary hearing last week in Hinds County Court. The other defendants are awaiting hearings. Hinds County Judge William Barnett set Bell’s bond at $150,000

Davis said Aguebor allegedly planned the robbery and used text messages to communicate with Bell and Redmond. The detective said about $3,400 in cash was taken, as well as five wallets, a purse, a cell phone and other items, Davis said.

The suspects were captured within hours of the crime.