Three Evans residents were recently arrested in connection with an armed robbery in which illegal drugs and cash were taken from a home in the West Lake subdivision.
Columbia County authorities charged Joshua Lynn Westover, 23, of the 800 block of Bridgewater Lane, Woodrow Merril Meadows III, 18, of the 900 block of Deercrest Circle, and Andrew Lee Vowell, 16, of the 1400 block of Aylesbury Drive, with burglary, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.
Meadows and Vowell showed up at a home on the 3700 block of Pebble Beach Drive on May 19 and asked to see the homeowner’s son, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report.
The 61-year-old man allowed the teens inside, where they walked upstairs to his son’s room.
The man went upstairs to check on the teens and saw one of them putting on a hunter’s mask, while the other was holding a long rifle.
The teens ran out of the house and jumped into a car when asked what they were doing. Westover was waiting in the car.
The man’s son was asleep during the entire incident.
Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incident wasn’t reported until May 25 because the homeowner was uncertain a crime had taken place.
“He, at first, thought that maybe they were there just to play a prank and scare (his son),” Morris said.
An investigation revealed that cash and drugs were taken from the home and the gun used in the crime was stolen, Morris said.
“This wasn’t a random armed robbery,” he said. “They knew or one another or were acquainted at least to some degree.”
Morris said the incident remains under investigation, and would not elaborate further.
All three teens are being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.