DECATUR — Police said they caught a suspected armed robber in Decatur on Monday afternoon with more than $350 in stolen cash stuffed down his pants.

Patrol officers had responded to the robbery of a Subway sandwich shop at 1621 E. Eldorado St. at 3:47 p.m., where a man armed with a revolver had threatened staff and stolen $456 in cash.

A witness called 911 to relay a description of the robber, officer Timothy Wisniewski wrote in an affidavit. Wisniewski said an officer soon spotted Michael L. Sutton — wearing black-framed glasses, a white tank top and gray sweat pants — who matched the witness' description and was walking in the 1600 block of East Decatur Street at 3:53 p.m.

According to the affidavit, an officer patted down Sutton's outer clothing and "located an anomaly" in his pants front that he believed to be "a large amount of United States currency."

“This anomaly was removed by the DPD officer and determined to be $356 in $1, $5, $10 and $20 denominations,” Wisniewski wrote in the affidavit.

The witness also told police the robber had dropped a bundle of cash as he fled from the Subway, and Wisniewski said a $100 roll of $5 bills held by a paper clip was later found in the 1600 block of East North Street.

Police said Sutton was masked during the robbery, but Subway staff said Sutton's clothing matched the suspect's when police brought him back for identification.

Sutton, who does not yet have an attorney according to court records, was booked on a preliminary charge of armed robbery. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

He remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of posting $25,000 bond.

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