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Suspects captured in O'Reilly robberies

Staff Report

Two subjects have been apprehended in connection with recent robberies at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Tallassee. Marcus Latrent Greathouse, 40, and Branden Tyrone Matthews, 30, both of Opelika are in custody.

The first robbery of the new Tallassee business occured on July 28. The second was on Aug. 12. Police believe that Greathouse and Matthews were involved with both. In addition, the duo are being charged with an Aug. 16 robbery in Butler County.

Tallassee police obtained video after the first occurence at O'Reilly's on Gilmer Avenue. The call came at approximately 11 on a Saturday night with a report of a black male with a handgun. The second incident was on a Sunday near 10 p.m. at the same location when a suspect was seen fleeing the scene in the same vehicle from the prior offense.

The Butler County robbery included a matching tag number from the vehicle used in the Tallassee robberies.

"TPD detectives contacted Lee County Sheriff's Office to get assistance locating the vehicle due to an address in their jurisdiction," Tallassee Police Chief Matthew Higgins noted in a press release. "Lee County detectives located the vehicle at that residence."

Greathouse was taken in and confessed to his role in the robberies. Matthews had fled the state. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force and the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department located Matthews in Columbus, Ga. He confessed to multiple robberies in Central Alabama and West Georgia.

The Tallassee Police Department has charged Matthews with two counts of robbery in the first degree. Greathouse is charged with one count of robbery in the first degree. Both have multiple charges pending from other jurisdictions.

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