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Police arrest suspects in Decatur robbery

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com ∑ 340-2432

Huntsville police arrested two men Tuesday night wanted in the robbery of a Decatur grocery store and possibly in five robberies in Huntsville.

Huntsville police spokesman Wendell Johnson said police received information after Decatur police released information to the news media. A tip led to the suspectsí arrests.

Johnson said police booked Roberto Carlos Talabera, 29, and Edwin Samuel Alvarado, 25, both of Huntsville, in the Madison County Metro Jail and charged each with three counts of first-degree robbery.

Decatur police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews said Wednesday that his department believes Talabera and Alvarado are responsible for the Sunday robbery of La Estrella on Central Parkway. Investigators were working on warrants for the two men Wednesday afternoon.

Mathews said one of the men apparently walked into the store at about 5:55 p.m. Sunday, went behind the counter, picked up a plastic storage bin containing an undisclosed amount of money and tried to walk out with it.

He said a storeowner tried to tackle the man and the two ended up on the floor.

Then the manís companion pulled a handgun and both men sped off with the box and the money.

The identification of the vehicle was said to be the key in the menís arrest.

Johnson said the three robbery charges stem from cases in May.

The first was at the Minute Man store at 5004 Whitesburg Drive. The second was the Hi-Tech Fuel at 8000 S. Parkway, and the third case was at the Circle C, 7546 S. Parkway.

Johnson said other charges are pending in Huntsvilleís West Precinct.

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