Feds charge Dothan duo in armed robberies

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 8:35 pm

The federal government recently indicted two Dothan men for their alleged involvement in multiple armed robberies across the Wiregrass.

Federal court records show DNA recovered from a pair of gloves left behind at a robbery in Marianna, Fla., gave authorities a "hit" or DNA profile on a Dothan man, and led authorities to make two arrests.

The federal government filed a six-count felony indictment earlier this week against both 25-year-old Milas Antwon Grant III and 33-year-old Throne Thomas Smiley, for their alleged involvement in three robberies across the Wiregrass.

Two counts of the indictment charged Grant with robbery and discharging a firearm during the robbery of a Dollar General store on Eddins Road in Cowarts on April 17.

Two more counts of the indictment charged both Grant and Smiley with robbery and the discharging of a firearm during the robbery of a Hobo Pantry convenience store in Enterprise on May 31.

The last two counts of the indictment charged Smiley with the attempted robbery and discharging a firearm during an attempted robbery of the Liberty Gas Station on US 84 East in Ashford on June 8.

Federal court records show the testing of some gloves left behind at an armed robbery in Marianna, Fla., on June 4, led the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to a DNA profile or what’s often referred to as a DNA hit, which was identified as belonging to Grant.

Grant was later arrested on June 13 in Dothan by Houston County Sheriff’s deputies on outstanding arrest warrant from Florida.

According to the complaint filed in federal court, Grant confessed to four robberies, and identified two co-conspirators, one of whom was Smiley. A similar complaint filed in federal court also showed Smiley confessed to his involvement in five armed robberies of stores in the tri-state area.

The complaint filed also showed Smiley confessed he was shot by a store clerk during an exchange of gunfire during the robbery at the Liberty service station in Ashford on June 8. He confirmed he suffered an injury to his arm in the shooting.

The six-count indictment only charged Grand and Smiley with three armed robberies in Alabama.

There were nearly a dozen armed robberies at convenience store across the tri-state area. Last month area law enforcement officials held a press conference at the Houston County Courthouse highlighting the arrests of Grant and Smiley.

At the time, Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said the investigation had been turned over to the federal government, but the robberies remained under investigation with the possibility of more arrests.

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