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Marlow Police Arrest Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery

MARLOW, Okla._The Marlow Police Department has arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery, just days after it happened.

Early Saturday morning, police say a white masked man walked into this Love's convenience store on south Broadway armed with a rifle.

The clerk told police he demanded all of the money and she complied. Fortunately, police were able to track down some unique leads that led to his quick arrest.

The Stephens County District Attorney's Office isn't releasing who they think is responsible for the crime until formal charges are brought down.

But Marlow Police Chief Jimmy Williams says crimes like this don't happen often in their small community. So when they do people don't rest easy.

So he says catching the crook quickly and keeping public safety intact was his department's number one priority this weekend.

Police Chief Jimmy Williams says one of the biggest clues in solving the case of Marlow's rifle-armed robber early Saturday morning were his shoes.

"One unique characteristic was that he was wearing flip-flops when he came into the store and we knew he probably wasn't from a great distance based on that," said Chief Williams.

From there, they launched an investigation into who snagged some late-night convenience cash by packing some serious heat.

"It turned out it was a .22 rifle. He wasn't really aggressive or anything like that with the nature of the gun, but he did have it and pointed it at the clerk as he went inside," said Williams.

And now that's landed the man behind bars on first-degree robbery charges. It's a job well done for investigators and the whole community in the eyes of Chief Williams.

"It's been quite a while since we've seen something of this nature, and i attest that to the community and to my officers...everyone works together to keep the place safe," he said. "Our goal is always to protect our community and if we're not able to head something off, we're going to do everything we can to bring the person to light and apprehend them and take care of them the best way we can."

Luckily, the suspect didn't get away with too much money either. Chief Williams says the gas station had less than $100 in its register at the time of the robbery.

The suspect has only been identified as a 21-year-old for now and is expected to be arraigned in court tomorrow.

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