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Husband, wife facing charges

BY KEITH EPPS

A man suspected of committing at least four armed robberies at Stafford County businesses in two nights was arrested early Tuesday.

John Daniel Scenters, 32, was taken into custody shortly after returning to his home at 22 Oak Road in Stafford, sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said.

A Stafford detective  recognized Scenters from a store surveillance video and had officers waiting at the home.

Scenters’ wife, Jeannine Ellen Scenters, 38, also was in the car and also was charged, Decatur said.

Both are charged with robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy.

John Scenters is also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon and wearing a mask in public.

More charges are pending, Decatur said.

According to Decatur, the Scenters’ arrests followed a spree that resumed Monday night at the CVS Pharmacy at 388 Garrisonville Road.

A man wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and a white towel or shirt draped around his neck entered the store about 9:56 p.m. and walked to the front counter.

He demanded money while displaying a handgun and left with a small amount of money.

Decatur said police believe the robber was the same one who robbed the same pharmacy at gunpoint the previous evening.

At 11:29 p.m. Monday, a man with a similar description robbed the Tiger Mart at 280 Garrisonville Road.

That man also used a handgun to threaten a clerk and take an undisclosed amount of money from the register.

Finally, at 2:28 a.m. Tuesday, a similar robbery took place at the Fas Mart at 2983 Jefferson Davis Highway.

In addition to a small amount of cash, the armed robber also took three cartons of cigarettes and some lottery tickets, Decatur said.

Decatur said the county already had extra officers out because of the weather situation, and Detective Todd Nosal recognized Scenters from a CVS surveillance tape.

After Scenters and his wife showed up later Tuesday, evidence was recovered from the car that linked him to multiple robberies, police said.

Decatur said police are still investigating the possibility that Scenters was involved in at least one other recent robbery.

Scenters has a long criminal record that includes convictions for larceny, malicious wounding and drug-related offenses.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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