Man gets 16 years for Cobb robbery that netted him less than $1,000

Brent Ashton Creagh
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Brent Ashton Creagh

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

A man is facing 16 years in prison for an armed robbery conviction in Cobb County, an offense that got him less than $1,000, a prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.

Brent Ashton Creagh, 26, of Lithia Springs, was convicted Friday of the 2014 robbery of the Rite-4-Us motel at 5300 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, Kim Isaza of the Cobb County District Attorney’s office said.

“This unfolded like a horror movie, when you watch all the video. You can see what’s about to happen,” Assistant District Attorney Richele Anderson said.

About 4:30 a.m. on the day of the incident, Creagh went into the motel as if he wanted to rent a room, Isaza said. But he soon pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded cash.

“Creagh jumped the counter and grabbed the clerk by the throat, and he kept asking where the safe was,” Isaza said. “The two struggled before Creagh fled with between $600 and $900 from the register.”

But Creagh left his wallet, which had his identification, on the counter.

Jurors saw surveillance video of the incident.

Creagh also was convicted of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, simple battery and possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer.

After his prison term ends, Creagh will be on probation for five years.

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