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Two men charged in Yalobusha County robberies

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Updated: 3/07 12:25 pm
OAKLAND, Miss. (WTVA) -- Oakland police say they have made two arrests in the armed robberies of convenience stores in the town.

Police Chief Russ Smith tells WTVA.com Riccardo Hankins, 18, and Joshua Hines, 20, both of Courtland were identified after authorities released a photo of a person of interest in the Monday robbery of the Exxon Gas Mart.

The men were also suspects in the January armed robbery of the Shell Oakland Express where the business and two customers were robbed at gunpoint.

Smith says Hankins was the driver of the car and Hines was the gunman.

Hankins surrendered to authorities Thursday in Oakland and is charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime.  

He is currently being held in the Yalobusha County jail on a $50,000 bond.

Hines was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home by Panola County authorities.

Smith says evidence recovered during Hines arrest will be used to link the men to the robberies.

He is being held in the Panola County jail charged with four counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of conspiracy.

Bond for Hines has been set at $500,000.

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