A Calera man accused of robbing Dollar General stores last year in Durant, Caddo and Colbert has been sentnced to 22 years in prison.
Charles Michael Trover, 56, pleaded no contest in April to three robbery charges. During a sentencing hearing this week, Bryan County District Judge Mark Campbell sentenced him to 25 years in prison, with the last three years suspended.
According to investigators, Trover first robbed the Caddo Dollar General Sept. 12, and he then robbed the Colbert Dollar General Oct. 30, plus the Dollar General on Radio Road in Durant on Nov. 13.
According to court papers, Trover brandished a knife when he robbed the Caddo store of cash and merchandise, and in Colbert, he had a hand in his pocket and threatened to shoot the clerk if she did not give him money. In Durant, he told the clerk he had a gun, and he then removed money from the cash register.
Durant Police Lt. Carrie Wyrick said during the investigation, a photo of the suspect had been sent out to other area law enforcement agencies. Thurman recognized the suspect from various details shown in the image, according to Calera Police Chief Don Hyde.
On Nov. 17, Trover was arrested at his Calera residence after Calera Police Capt. Daniel Thurman recognized him from a surveillance image. According to police, he gave consent to search the residence. Police found a dark-blue hoody with tape over the logo and it matched the description of the hoody worn in two of the robberies.
Trover’s vehicle, a Toyota 4-Runner, matched the one seen leaving the Dollar General store in Durant, police said, and he was planning to leave the state just before his arrest.