Jailed man charged in robberies

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:45 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Columbia man being held in a St. Louis-area jail on a charge of first-degree robbery was charged Monday in Boone County in connection with the robbery of a Columbia hotel.

Gregory V. Jones, 42, had been arrested by St. Charles police on suspicion of first-degree robbery in connection with the Saturday armed robbery of a Red Roof Inn in St. Charles. On Monday, he was charged in Boone County Circuit Court with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the Friday robbery of the Super 8 Motel, 5700 Freedom Drive, in Columbia.

About 1:26 a.m., a man pointed what was described as a sawed-off shotgun at a hotel clerk at the Super 8 Motel and demanded money, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said Friday. The man left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Hammond said.

On Saturday, a man walked into the St. Charles Red Roof Inn and demanded money, said St. Charles police Detective David Kleinschmidt.

“He pointed a gun at (the clerk),” Kleinschmidt said.

Kleinschmidt said the man left the motel with more than $200 and was promptly caught by St. Charles police on Interstate 70.

“He was stopped on the highway within ten minutes of the robbery,” Kleinschmidt said.

Hammond said Jones was driving a car stolen from Columbia when St. Charles police stopped him. Columbia police are also investigating the possibility that Jones robbed Gerbes Supermarket, 1729 Broadway, at 12:49 a.m. Friday, Hammond said. In that incident, the man who robbed the store left without getting any money, the Missourian reported Friday.

Jones was being held in the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in lieu of $25,000 bond Monday afternoon.

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