Man arrested for April robbery of Break Time on Forum Boulevard

Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 12:01 p.m. CDT; updated 12:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 9, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man has been arrested in connection to the April 26 robbery of the Break Time on Forum Boulevard.

Phillip J. Masters, 32,was arrested for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

On April 26, Columbia police were dispatched to the Break Time at 1410 Forum Blvd. in response to an armed robbery. At 1:35 a.m., a man entered the store, pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

At 7:13 a.m. that morning, officers responded to reports of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a gold minivan at the 1900 block of Jackson Street. They found Masters behind the wheel and brought him to the police station for driving while intoxicated. He was not arrested, according to the release.

Later, at 12:54 p.m., officers were called to the 1500 block of Radcliffe Drive, where they found a handgun, a black knit cap and a black T-shirt wrapped in a dark sweatshirt next to a resident's mailbox. The officers took the items as evidence.

Investigators of the case contacted Masters' roommate Wednesday. The roommate said he was missing his handgun, which was the same one recovered April 26 near the mailbox on Radcliffe Drive, according to the news release.

Masters was being held at Boone County Jail. His bond has yet to be set.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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