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Waffle House robbery earns Beaumont man 25 years

Police used the "Find my iPhone" app to locate the stolen phone. Cole and his 12-year-old cousin matched the description given by witnesses.

A man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for robbing the Waffle House on 11th street in October, 2016.

Artavias Cole, 28, of Beaumont was convicted of two counts of robbery on Thursday, March 8th.

Two men can be seen on surveillance video wearing masks stealing a wallet and cell phone from customers at gunpoint before fleeing in a black Dodge Charger

Police used the "Find my iPhone" app to locate the stolen phone. Cole and his 12-year-old cousin matched the description given by witnesses. The two men were located near a Black Dodge Charger and officers found masks and air pistols in the backseat of the car.

Cole's cousin was charged as a juvenile.

From Jefferson County District Attorney's Office :

District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that Artavias Cole born on April 26, 1989, of Beaumont was convicted of two counts of robbery by a jury in the Criminal District Court of Jefferson County on March 8, 2018. On October 29, 2016, around 12:30AM two men entered the Waffle House located at 11th Street and IH10 wearing masks and wielding guns. Surveillance video shows the men pointing guns at customers and at the employee working at the register. After stealing a wallet and a cell phone the men fled in a black Dodge Charger. Beaumont Police were able to locate two suspects at a nearby apartment complex using the Find my iPhone App. The suspects matched the description given by witnesses and were found near a black Dodge Charger. Two air pistols and masks were located in the backseat of the vehicle. Cole was arrested in connection with the robbery along with his 12-year-old cousin who was also charged as a juvenile.

“Violent crime is an ongoing problem here in Jefferson County,” said Prosecutor Rachel Grove. “The verdict in this case shows that people are tired of this type of thing happening and if you engage in this conduct there will be serious consequences.”

Judge John Stevens presided over the case. Artavias Cole was sentenced to 25 years in prison and a $5,000 fine on each case.