A Nashville man has been arrested in connection with three armed robberies at convenience stores across Gallatin last month.
Gallatin police say 20-year-old Antonio Jones drove 19-year-old Lazavion Kern to and from each of the markets that were robbed at gunpoint during the first three weeks of December, according to arrest affidavits obtained by the Gallatin News.
The first robbery occurred Dec. 1 at the Exxon gas station at 1273 Airport Road. One week later, the duo struck the Quick Check Market at 2059 Long Hollow Pike on Dec. 8.
“(The victim) stated that a black male armed with a Mac-10 style handgun demanded all the money from her cash register and from her bank deposit bag,” according to an arrest affidavit. “(The victim) stated she emptied the cash register drawer and placed a green Capital One bank bag into the suspect’s white bag that resembled a female’s purse.”
Less than 30 minutes after the robbery, police say Kern posted several pictures on Instagram holding a “substantial amount of money.” The green bank bag along with a silver Hyundai car were also seen in the photos.
On Dec. 19, a masked individual robbed Coach’s Corner at 1174 Long Hollow Pike and physically assaulted the store’s clerk with a pistol before fleeing.
Investigators located Jones, the registered owner of the silver Hyundai, on Dec. 27, according to an arrest affidavit. When interviewed, police say he confessed to being Kern’s driver during each of the three separate armed robberies.
As of Monday, police were still looking for Lazavion Kern, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.