Robber arrested in Bonifay

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2003

An arrest made in Bonifay, Fla., Thursday for the robbery of a business could possible be connected to recent robberies in Troy.

According to information released by Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, Howard Toole was arrested by Bonifay police for the armed robbery of a pharmacy in Bonifay Thursday afternoon.

Toole, reported to be from Coffee County, is currently in the Holmes County (Florida) Jail.

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Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, public information for the Troy Police Department, said two Troy businesses were robbed at knifepoint in January, the same mode of operation as the Bonifay robbery.

A detective with the Troy Police Department went to Bonifay Thursday evening to follow-up on leads in the Troy robberies, Scarbrough said.

According the Scarbrough, The Four Seasons, located on McNeal Street in Troy, was robbed about 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 10 when a suspect entered the business and demanded money from the clerk at knifepoint. The suspect fled the scene on foot and in an known direction.

On Jan. 18, the Amoco Station on Highway 87 was robbed at knifepoint by a lone suspect. The method was similar to mode of operation in robbery at The Four Seasons. The suspect fled the building and ran toward the rear of the building toward McNeal Street, Scarbrough said.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport reported a robbery at knifepoint of Bill's Dollar Store on Main Street around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

Scarbrough said a second suspect might have been involved in the Bonifay robbery on Thursday, but reportedly eluded police.

Troy detectives continue to investigate leads in the two cases, Scarbrough said. Robbery first degree warrants will be obtained for Toole's arrest in connection with the two Troy robberies.

In unrelated incidents, Scarbrough said Troy Police have obtained robbery first degree warrants on four Montgomery subjects in connection with tow December armed robberies in Troy.

Bobby Williams, 20, Marcus Williams, 19, Christopher McGhee, 22, and Brad Kenner, 18, are currently in the Montgomery County Detention Facility for robberies they allegedly committed in Montgomery County.

Scarbrough said these subjects have been charged in connection with the Dec. 21 armed robbery of the Sunny South convenience store on US Highway 231 and the Dec. 29 armed robbery of the Beeline convenience store on Brundidge Street.