Update: 2 arrested for Pine Bluff liquor store robbery

    4:11 PM, Dec 14, 2010   |    comments
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    Pine Bluff police arrest two suspects for the liquor store robbery after a woman called police after she saw the story on the news and she told police one of the suspects had given her a pack of cigarettes for free that day.

    The names of the suspects have not been released.

    Monday morning around 1:10 a.m., Officer Jerry Hayes and Officer M. Brown were dispatched to a burglar alarm at McCurdy's Liquor Store on Dollarway Road.

    When they arrived, Officer Brown found that the drive-thru window had been pried open and a white power cord hanging out of the window. A silver claw-hammer was found on the ground just outside the window.

    Officer N. Smith was called to the scene and took photos of the drive-thru window, the damage done to the business, and the hammer, which was turned into evidence and will be printed.

    Authorities were unable to make contact with the owner or a key holder. Sgt. D. Defoor was told of the incident and was aware no key holder was available.

    Later that same morning at 2:14 a.m., another alarm went off at McCurdy's and Officer E. Johnson found the front door unlocked. There was merchandise found in the parking lot such as cigars and two cartons of Newport 100's cigarettes. Another officer said he followed a trail of cigarettes north from the store to Flipper Street.

    The in-store video showed the suspects to be two white males and one black male seen behind the counter. When the window glass was pried open, the suspects took the keys that were hanging up beside the window and later unlocked the front door.

    An officer picked up several pieces of merchandise while him and others were waiting for the business owner.

    At 5:05 a.m., the store owner arrived and found cash and cigarettes and liquor missing.

    (Source: Pine Bluff Police)

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