Arrest made in connection with Check 'n Go robbery

Friday, August 12, 2011 | 4:24 p.m. CDT; updated 4:55 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — An arrest was made in connection with a robbery at the Check 'n Go at 805 E. Nifong Blvd. on Thursday.

According to a news release, Drake Stockton-Kenney, 19, was arrested on suspicion of robbing the business as a female employee was closing it at about 5:30 p.m Thursday. The release said he pointed a gun at the employee while he forced open a cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Stockton-Kenney had been under police surveillance since July after investigators received a Crime Stoppers report implicating him in recent robberies, according to the release. The release also stated Stockton-Kenney had been tracked in the area near the Check 'n Go less than an hour before the robbery was reported.

He was taken into custody at 1304 Count Fleet Court at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Police recovered a handgun and money that was consistent with the amount reported stolen from the Check 'n Go, the release said.

Stockton-Kenney was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action and first degree robbery.

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