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Two charged in pizza shop robbery


On Thursday, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police charged two men with the robbery of a restaurant moments earlier and recovered a stolen car.

Raphael Samuel Smith Jr., 19, and Raphael Jamel Mikell, 23, were charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon in commission of a crime after officers with the Islands Precinct, canine officers and SWAT team members surrounded and searched a house in the 5600 block of Laroche Ave. Smith has also been charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Police began the investigation after a pizza restaurant in the 8500 block of Waters Ave. was robbed around 1 p.m. As the restaurant was opening, two men wearing ski masks and carrying weapons entered and took cash and a computer.

The investigation then led officers to the house on Laroche Ave., where Smith led authorities on a foot chase before being arrested. Police recovered the Mazda that was reported stolen in West Chatham near the house.

SCMPD robbery detectives are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020, the confidential tip line at 912.525.3124, or text CRIMES (274637).

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