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DECATUR — A robber who implied he was armed was arrested within minutes of holding up a gas station convenience store early Tuesday morning, according to Decatur Police.

Patrol officers had been detailed to the Circle K gas station, 1141 E. Wood St., around 1:07 a.m. after a female staff member reported being held-up at 1:03 a.m.

“While the reporting officer was on scene speaking with the attendant who was the victim, other officers located a subject a block away who matched the suspect description,” said Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland.

The Circle K attendant and another witness both identified the 48-year-old man as the robber. He was still carrying 24 boxes of cigarettes, valued at $185, that Copeland said he had grabbed during the robbery. 

The suspect was jailed on a preliminary charge of aggravated robbery, rather than armed robbery, because he implied he had a weapon but none was seen or found in his possession. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Copeland said the robber had originally demanded cash but fled with only the cigarettes after growing increasingly agitated and warning the attendant she had "three seconds" to fill a bag with the cigarette packets before he fled on foot. 

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Macon County Courts Reporter

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