MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A case involving a string of meticulously-planned bank robberies has been closed with the conviction of the last defendant of a criminal enterprise on Tuesday, according to the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office.
A Morgan County jury found Harold James Brown, of Prichard, guilty of four counts of first-degree robbery.
Brown was convicted in connection with a string of robberies in 2009. Authorities realized that a recent string of robberies all had a common pattern of meticulous planning, believing them to be planned by a criminal enterprise whose leaders were from Birmingham and the Prichard area of Mobile County.
The organization committed six robberies in Decatur, two in Madison, two in Huntsville, one in Oxford, and one in Saraland between August and November 2009, according to the Morgan County District Attorney’s Office.
The district attorney said that the offenders targeted employees of retail businesses as the went to make bank deposits. The offenders did not disguise themselves, but did rob the victims at gunpoint after using surveillance to learn the victims’ banking routines.
Decatur police got a break in the case when a Decatur police officer confronted an acquaintance of the offenders who was driving a stolen vehicle that was used in the Oxford and Saraland robberies.
Prior to Brown’s conviction, other defendants pleaded guilty and received four life sentences and on 20-year sentence
Brown’s sentencing is set for November 12.