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Police looking for alleged thief

Olajoyegbe accused of invading home with gun

A man who police say was arrested leaving a suspected robber’s home with a bag of marijuana is now wanted on charges stemming from a gunpoint home-invasion robbery two days earlier.

Oladejo B. Olajoyegbe, 24, is accused of robbing a home in the 1700 block of East Columbia Avenue on July 3 with Derek L. Wilson, 25, and Christopher M. Comer, 24. Wilson and Comer were arrested July 5.

An officer was watching Wilson’s home at 2408 E. Francis Ave. as a detective prepared a search warrant when he saw a man later identified as Olajoyegbe knock on the door. Olajoyegbe then looked in basement windows before walking to the side of the house and leaving five minutes later with a large white plastic bag, according to court documents.

Police stopped a car at East Wellesley Avenue and Argonne Road and arrested the driver, Lashanette Beavers, and her passenger, Olajoyegbe.

Olajoyegbe told police his cousin lives at the home and allowed him to take the marijuana.

Olajoyegbe left jail on $5,000 bond for the marijuana charge. He is now wanted for first-degree robbery after prosecutors filed charges July 9. He’s accused of robbing the East Columbia Avenue home while wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun.

The robbers ordered a woman and her daughter to the floor, ransacked the home and stole medical marijuana, electronics, a cellphone and a wallet.

Police believe the robbery was arranged by the girlfriend of Brettly “Nike” Sanderson, who is accused of robberies at a South Hill McDonald’s and at a home on North Hogan Street.

She told police she arranged the robbery “as a copycat home-invasion robbery to take the suspicion off her boyfriend who is in jail for this kind of crime,” according to court documents.

Wilson, who faces life in prison under the three-strikes law, and Comer are in jail.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to Olajoyegbe’s capture. A reward also is being offered for tips that help arrest Avery Loring, 25, who is a suspect in the McDonald’s robbery May 25 and in other home-invasion robberies.

Anyone with information on either man’s location is asked to call (800) 222-TIPS or submit tips online.

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