Gas station gunman caught, now in jail

Fri, 08/22/2008 - 2:16pm
By: The Citizen

BP robber 8-21-08 This image shows the same suspect entering the store and approaching the counter during the robbery. Photo courtesy Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

Eatonton resident Jason Pollard, 29, who allegedly robbed the BP gas station on Ga. Highway 138 north Thursday morning is now in jail after being arrested at 11 p.m. Thursday, according to Fayette Sheriff's spokesperson Belinda McCastle. Pollard was a former resident of Fayette County, McCastle said.

Click here for the BP robbery video that helped lead to the Pollard's apprehension

Det. Josh Shelton credits the video being broadcast on Fox5 Atlanta for helping generate multiple tips on the Pollard's identity. The video led to multiple anonymous tips on the Pollard's identity, he said.

Eatonton police saw the video and noticed the same suspect hit a store down there early Thursday morning, Shelton said. Pollard is now in the Putnam County Jail in Eatonton.

The video shows a flip-flopped white male with a Braves shirt and a dark hat enter the store, approach the counter with some item in his hand and then leave the store in a hurry after passing by an customer entering the store unaware of what just transpired.

Detectives earlier Thursday said the Pollard may have been armed with a handgun during the incident. He got away with an undetermined amount of money, deputies said.

Pollard drove off in a burgundy Ford F150 truck with a side step and an extended cab, deputies said.

The incident in Fayette happened just after 8 a.m., less than five hours after the Eatonton incident, deputies indicated.

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Submitted by tyrone teen 6 on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 9:30pm.

Uh, this should be "a" customer.

"passing by an customer entering the store unaware of what just transpired."

Sorry, just bothered me.

Tyrone Teen

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Submitted by JeffC on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 11:50am.

half a million dollars over the next 20-30 years to jail and feed this complete and utter fool.

Kudos to the detectives. Good work!

Submitted by jackdil on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 4:50pm.

This utter fool will not be in jail for 30 years. You must first know the case, the person arrested, any priors, and the STATE laws on armed robbery, you obviously don't. Secondly, the Citizen got his NAME wrong, it ISNT Jason. And thirdly, the detectives caught him because someone called them and gave them his name. You do NOT know what you are talking about. So how bout stop talking out of the side of your FACE. Even the Citizen can't even get the facts right.

YOU are the idiot.

Submitted by ECGM on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 3:04pm.

I am so sickened by people who judge others without the facts. Quit referring to this guy as a "gunman".. Instead, he was a "cellphoneman". There is a huge substance abuse and addiction problem in this county. This crime would have never been committed otherwise. Please pray for addiction treatment rather than prison. The first one of you without sin, go ahead and cast your stone. Otherwise, shut the heck up, as you have no business having an opinion about a person or incident that you know nothing about. Not just about this, but a good rule to live by in general. We are talking about a good guy's life here. Drug addiction is very destroying. Please help someone you know now before something else like this happens to a person you know or love.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 6:37pm.

Which fact have we missed here, the fact that he robbed a store? The fact that if he didn't show a gun he at least alluded to having one. Did he call this robbery in on his cellphone? While I've had my share of sins I've never robbed anyone, can your buddy claim the same? Correct me if I'm wrong, but good guys don't commit armed robbery, go figure.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 6:34am.

Good guys with a good job and income do not commit robbery. Except for bankers, and corporate crooks, and politicians.
Some guys with a drug habit and no good job sometimes do.
Occasionally lazy guys commit robbery--especially if they are ignorant.

Sympathy for one's own kind is natural. They want for them and themselves all the chances they can get due to past mistreatment, they think, or wish was so.

It is automatic for them to NOT criticize a fellow traveler in trouble and to parse their words as much as possible when in denial.

The mafia did the same things, and still do. Not to compare poor minorities to the mafia--the Irish and others did the same things.

There are about two whites for every black in prisons! However there are six times as many white and other color people as there are black people!

They are more "emotional" for some reason (they, being blacks) and tend to try and wish that something else had happened, say, when one of them is shot running away holding a gun he had just used. They want "answers" for that! (the shooting) "The poor fellow had no other choice" they seem to think! (they, being fellow travelers).

This conduct happens with other races also but is done more quietly and with lawyers, usually. Instant justice and dragged out justice is a major difference between races!

Sometimes the emotion on TV, especially, is simply trying to get whatever one can get---when you have nothing, usually.

We must do whatever it takes to eliminate such things that may have some effect on youngsters raised in such attitudes, be they white or otherwise!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 6:26pm.

helping your drug crazed friend, UTTER FOOL.

Helping drug crazed armed robbers like UTTER FOOL is why I and several of my friends have a .45's and CCW's.

Please tell us when and where we can find your drug crazed friends and we'll help them until we run out of ammunition.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 7:01pm.

It matters not what the first name of the perp is or how he was caught; what matters is that he is behind bars and waiting for trial. If he is guilty, he goes to hotel do right.

BTW, nobody calls JeffC an idiot. Now crawl back down into your hole where you belong.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 6:48pm.

Don't you just love it when these "alleged" criminals buddies,sisters, mama's, girlfriends, and so forth and so on, chime in and try to defend these complete and utter fools? Who cares how he was caught, as long as he was caught.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Sun, 08/24/2008 - 6:06pm.

Robbery & Armed Robbery in Georgia

As per Georgia Defenders web site:

Both Robbery and Armed Robbery are theft crimes. What sets a robbery offense apart from other theft offenses is that it involves the theft of another person's property directly from that person or in the immediate presence of that person.

A robbery can occur by:
1. Use of force;
2. Intimidation, threat, or placing the other person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or another; or
3. By sudden snatching.

Punishment for Robbery can be imprisonment for 1-20 years with one exception. If the robbery is committed on someone 65 years old or older, the punishment is 5-20 years.

An Armed Robbery is a robbery committed with an offensive weapon, any replica of an offensive weapon, or a device having the appearance of any such weapon. It is actually possible to be convicted of armed robbery if you did not have a weapon. For example, if you put your hand in your pocket and cause someone to believe you have a gun, you could be convicted of Armed Robbery.
Punishment for Armed Robbery

Depending upon the circumstances, punishment for Armed Robbery can be
1. Death penalty;
2. Life in prison;
3. No less than 10 nor more than 20 years in prison. Keep in mind that the minimum prison time is 10 years with no early release.

So now let’s do the math.

Pollard, aka “Utter Fool” stands accused of “ARMED ROBBERY” not once but twice.

If he’s convicted on both counts in two separate cases the best he can hope for is 20 years.

Let’s just hope “Utter Fool’s” mommy hasn’t made any campaign contributions to Mr. Ballard.

The best we can hope for is his removal from the gene pool. My taxes are already too high to have to provide “Utter Fool” free food/shelter/clothing for the rest of his life.

By the way:

Man gets life sentence for 2006 armed robbery

FORT PIERCE — A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday afternoon to life in prison for the Dec. 21, 2006, armed robbery of a convenience store.“

Sound familiar?

Submitted by ECGM on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 3:12pm.

Aren't you the wise one??? Too bad you have never made a mistake in your life. Get your facts straight, too. Sure hope you never need understanding, support or 2nd chance.

Submitted by Sick of Fascists on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 8:57pm.

I gotta weigh in here and point out that committing ARMED ROBBERY is not just a "mistake". Shoplifting a CD might fall into that category, though still reprehensible conduct. People who walk into businesses in broad daylight with guns do deserve a chance to make good in society. After 20 years or so, he will have that chance.

Submitted by Bonkers on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 6:48am.

Yeah, shoplifting a CD is reprehensible alright, but stealing millions by crooked bankers and corporate crooks, and their "innocent" well paid helpers is not! Is it?

We "fear" the CD stealer, we do not fear the others mentioned? They are not likely to shoot us!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 6:17pm.

I see you've been a member for all of about 3.5 hours now and you're already acting like an "UTTER FOOL" groupie.

Even Bonkers took longer than that.

Are you asking me why I've never been stupid enough to commit ARMED ROBBERY, twice?

Maybe I decided to WORK for a living.

"Get your facts straight, too."

What facts would you be referring too? The fact that "UTTER FOOL" committed two armed robbery’s or the fact that his removal from the gene pool is a possibility?

"Sure hope you never need understanding, support or 2nd chance."

How many times do you give a person a ‘second chance’ after they’ve committed ARMED ROBBERY twice?

The formaldehyde in that FEMA trailer you live in must be getting to you and your kin.

Submitted by wheeljc on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 11:47am.

Just for what it is worth, you folks constantly make us proud! THANKS!!

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 11:35pm.

He DID hold open the door.

(I'm kidding)

Throw the book at this bum.

Submitted by csb on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 2:24am.

drama queens are fags, and everyone of you who wrote on this page is a drama queen.

Submitted by Sick of Fascists on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 8:59pm.

So glad you could contribute that for our edification.

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