Police arrest man in connection with several robberies and thefts

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 4:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested a man Tuesday night in connection with several recent robberies and thefts.

Jermell Lamar Burnett, 29, was arrested at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 12 robbery at Earthgrains bakery, 1410 Vandiver Drive, according to a release from the department.

In the robbery, a person approached a female clerk and demanded she open the cash register. When the clerk didn't respond, the person stole a can of soda and left on a bicycle, according to the release.

Burnett was also arrested in connection with a Sept. 17 robbery at Passions.

In the Passions robbery, a man came into the store and demanded money, then left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Burnett was arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery in connection with both thefts.

His bond had yet to be set on the two arrests as of Wednesday morning.

Burnett was also arrested on suspicion of six counts of felony stealing for six incidents that occurred from July to September. His bond was set at $4,500 for each, according to the release.

Two of the thefts occurred at Battery Outfitters on Nebraska Avenue, one was at 63 Auto Sales on Business Loop 70 East, one was at a business on Rangeline Street, and two were at fruit stands — one off of Rangeline Street and one off of Business Loop 70 East.

Burnett was listed as an inmate in the Boone County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

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