ATLANTA - Federal authorities announced Thursday they arrested three people for robberies of Walmarts across metro Atlanta.
According to the Department of Justice, a federal Grand Jury indicted Kesia Quinette Jackson, 44, Deanthony L. Foster, 27, and Makisha Renee Sanders, 42, on Wednesday. Officers took them into custody on Thursday morning.
Jackson, Foster and Sanders are accused of robbing the stores from May through October 2015.
"It is scary, of course," said Dana Coulter, who frequently shops at the Walmart on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. "A gun robbery is a whole different situation than someone just taking something and putting it in their pocket."
Investigators said either Jackon or Sanders would go into the store posing as a shopper between 10:00 p.m. and midnight. Using a cell phone, the women would alert Foster when a clerk began to remove money from the self-checkout stations.
Foster, according to the FBI, would then go inside the store wearing a surgical mask over his face and rob the cashier at gunpoint.
They allegedly repeated that pattern over and over again, hitting:
- May 15, 2015: 8424 Mall Parkway, Lithonia
- August 11, 2015: 970 Manswell Road, Roswell
- August 18, 2015: 4725 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody
- September 13, 2015: 7050 Highway 85, Riverdale
- September 21, 2015: 8424 Mall Parkway, Lithonia
- September 26, 2015: 4975 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross
- October 1, 2015: 6152 Covington Highway, Lithonia
- October 7, 2015: 2395 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming
The three suspects are also accused of robbing a Citgo food mart.
Jackson, Foster and Sanders face charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.
"That will help me sleep a little better at night," said Bridgette Grant, who often shops at the Ashford Dunwoody store.