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Suspect being held in connection with armed robbery at Walgreens

Friday, October 29, 2010 | 8:50 p.m. CDT; updated 2:13 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 30, 2010

COLUMBIA – A man was in custody Friday in connection with an armed robbery at a local Walgreens in August.

Robert H. White, 25, of St. Louis, was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree robbery. He is being held at Boone County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

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According to a previous Missourian report, the robbery transpired when a man entered the Walgreens at 222 E. Broadway, walked to the cashier's stand, and told the cashier to empty the contents of the register and to put several cartons of cigarettes into a bag. The man took the bag and left the store after a customer approached the cashier's stand.

Though no one was injured during the robbery, the man was armed with a gun and threatened to use it, according to the clerk’s account of the incident.

Police investigators used Walgreens’ video surveillance tape to identify a female customer present at the robbery, who then helped police in the suspect identification process, according to a news release issued by the Columbia Police Department.

An arrest warrant was issued for White on Sept. 23. Officials could not be reached Friday night for further comment.


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