Robbers take photos of their own crime

March 6, 2004 at 1:02 PM
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ATLANTA, March 6 (UPI) -- Three Atlanta men who took snapshots of themselves driving a stolen sports utility vehicle in effect gave police evidence needed for a conviction.

"They basically convicted themselves," Fulton County prosecutor Chris Toles said.

The trio ambushed barber Eric Haney, 35, with an assault rifle at his apartment on Dec. 17, 2001, and took his DVDs, PlayStations 2 and clothes, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The third robber took Haney's white 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe as the trio's getaway car. The three took pictures of themselves while driving the SUV with a disposable camera.

Three days later, police spotted the stolen SUV and arrested 22-year-old Darnell Robinson. The camera was left in the SUV identifying Michael Lee Merritt, 19, and Wendell Mackey, 20.

All three were convicted of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and burglary.

Merritt and Mackey received 15-year sentences, while Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.

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