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DECATUR — Two men who figuratively lost their shirts gambling with dice came back to the game and robbed the other players of their designer belts and shoes, police reports said.

The robbery happened July 11, according to a sworn affidavit by Decatur police, and officers arrested one of the suspects, Julius D. Powell, 18, on Wednesday night. He was jailed on preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery; preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said Thursday that police are still looking for the other robbery suspect, who is also 18.

Writing in the affidavit, patrol officer Andrew Medina said Powell and the other suspect were shooting dice with two other men in a driveway in the 1000 block of East Cleveland Avenue and “both had lost money.”

Medina said the other men described them as leaving the evening game but then returning 15 minutes later. The man with Powell was armed with a handgun, and the two walked straight into the home of one of the dice players and pointed the gun at him, the affidavit said. 

Powell filled a bookbag with three designer belts that belonged to the homeowner and a pair of shoes.

Medina said the suspects then confronted the other dice player, and made him hand over his designer belt and shoes.

Powell remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of posting $75,000 bond. He is due in court Aug. 30.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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