Police arrest three teens after trio of robberies

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 10:31 a.m. CDT; updated 12:49 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — Police have arrested three teenagers on suspicion of robbing a motel and a convenience store early Friday morning and a restaurant on Wednesday.

Brittani Renner and Jamon Galbreath, both 17, were arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. A 16-year-old male suspect also was arrested on suspicion of the same crimes, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

The arrests came after the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Police Department conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that matched the description of a car seen leaving the scene of robberies that occurred at 12:18 a.m. at Motel 6 East, 3402 I-70 Drive S.E., and at 1:24 a.m. at the Break Time convenience store, 110 Nifong Blvd. The patrol stopped the vehicle about 15 minutes after the Break Time robbery.

In both the Friday morning crimes, two robbers were said to have entered the businesses brandishing handguns and demanding money. They were wearing hooded sweatshirts and light-colored masks. They rode away from both scenes in a dark vehicle. Witnesses said a woman was driving the car away from the Motel 6 robbery.

Police found evidence of the robberies, including masks, in the vehicle and said in the news release that Renner and Galbreath admitted being involved in all three crimes.

No one was injured in any of the robberies.

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