Man charged with multiple Memphis Kroger store robberies, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man faces charges in half a dozen robberies at Memphis Kroger stores, court records show.

Chriszale Samuels is charged with four counts of Robbery and two counts of Attempted Robbery.

Samuels was taken into custody on Jan. 11 when Memphis police officers executed a search warrant and found him hiding under a bed in a house on Fizer Avenue.

Samuels stands accused of attempting to rob six Memphis Kroger locations in November and December 2021. He got away with cash in four of the robberies.

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The string of robberies began on Nov. 3 when a man went up to the customer service counter in Kroger, indicated he had and gun, and demanded money. The employee gave the man the money, and he left the store.

On Nov. 17, MPD responded to the Kroger at 3444 Plaza near Poplar Ave. and Highland St. According to police, a man entered Kroger and robbed the business. Police said he gave a clerk a note indicating that he had a gun and would shoot if he didn’t get the money. The employee handed over the cash, and the suspect left the store.

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On Nov. 30, police said a lone suspect entered the Kroger store on South Mendenhall near Poplar Avenue around 5:30 p.m. and attempted to rob the business. He did not get away with any money. The employee who was threatened was able to pick the suspect out of a photo lineup.

On Dec. 3, police said the same man robbed the Kroger store at 1675 N. Germantown Road. He got away with cash.

The same suspect robbed the Kroger store at 3860 Austin Peay on Dec. 16. Police said once again he gave a clerk a note indicating that he had a gun and would shoot if he didn’t get the money. The employee handed over the money, and the man was seen leaving in a red Volkswagen Jetta.

That same day he attempted to rob the Kroger located at 676 North Germantown Road. He could not get any money, but he was seen leaving in the same red Jetta, police said.

According to an affidavit, when Samuels was taken into custody on Jan. 11, all the clothing worn during the robberies was found. A loaded 9mm handgun was also found under the bed where Samuels was hiding.

The affidavit said Samuels admitted to committing the crimes.

He was given a $10,000 bond and is due back in court on Jan. 21.