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DECATUR — Police said surveillance footage helped identify a 40-year-old man who held up a gas station employee at gunpoint and stole over $100 in cash. 

A signed police affidavit said officers were called to the Circle K at 2760 N. Oakland Ave. at about 1:36 a.m. Saturday, June 8. The employee told police that someone entered the store, pulled out a firearm and held it against his back. 

The suspect ordered the employee to "get the money," the affidavit said, and the employee gave him about $80 in cash, his car keys and wallet with about $56 in cash inside.

Officers spoke to witnesses inside the gas station at the time of the incident, and they said the suspect ordered everyone to put their phones down and not to call the police. 

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Police watched surveillance footage of the incident and saw the suspect holding what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and emptying the cash register while pointing the gun at the employee. 

Officers also noticed the suspect matched the description of the arrested man, the affidavit said. He was also identified by a witness during a photo lineup. 

The man was arrested Thursday night and faces a preliminary armed robbery charge, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was held in the Macon County Jail Friday on $100,000 bond. 

The gas station's manager was not immediately available to comment on the incident Friday afternoon. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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