Getaway car accident leads police to man charged with 4 armed robberies

An accident that damaged an armed robber's getaway car left a trail leading Columbus police to a suspect now charged with four armed robberies.

Torre A. Germany of 812 Brooks Road, Columbus, was charged Monday with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of using a handgun during the commission of a crime.

The latest of those robberies occurred Monday morning at Premier Mortgage Plus on Mercury Drive in Columbus.

Police Lt. Mark D. Starling said the crime occurred at 11:30 a.m. The suspect wearing dark clothing and a black and white headband showed a handgun and demanded money.

Starling said that Germany, 18, got into his car and drove away, but in his haste ran into a parked car which damaged the getaway vehicle.

"There was a trail of radiator fluid and we followed that," said Starling.

Police followed the trail down several streets and finally caught the suspect at the intersection of Benner Avenue and King Street, where he was taken into custody.

After further investigation, it is now believed that Germany was also responsible for the armed robbery of Direct General Insurance on April 19, the same company on May 1, and the Macon Road Title Max on May 8, Starling said.