A Criminal Court jury deliberated six hours before convicting Tyler Brooks, 19, and Tavares Jackson, 18, of aggravated robbery. They will be sentenced next month by Judge Bobby Carter.
The incident began around 11 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2015, when a security alarm was tripped at the grocery store and market in the 6800 block of Macon Road in the Cordova area.
The owner drove to the location and saw broken glass on the floor from a side window and other damage. As he headed back to his vehicle he was confronted by two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
He said the suspects covered their faces with bandanas, but that he recognized them by their eyes and their voices as regular customers in his store. The two robbers took his cell phone and money and then fled.
Police detained the two suspects a short time later, and the victim identified them as the two who had just robbed him.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Leslie Fouche.