Troy man arrested for armed robbery

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Troy Police Department arrested a Troy man on Tuesday for robbing a man at gunpoint early Sunday morning on Troy Plaza Loop.

Dwuan Mariquez Tolbert, 25, is charged with robbery in the first degree, unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property in the third degree and contempt of court.

The victim reported finding Tolbert sitting in the passenger seat of his vehicle at approximately 1:56 a.m. on Sunday.

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Tolbert then got out of the car and produced a handgun, demanding money and property from the victim. The victim was not harmed.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said a key piece of evidence led investigators to Tolbert.

“In this particular case, the subject dropped his cell phone in the victim’s vehicle,” Barr said. “That identifies him and that puts him in the car.”

Police arrested Tolbert at his place of employment in the 100 block of U.S. 231 and then executed a search warrant at his home in the 900 block of Franklin Drive, where they were able to recover property stolen from the victim.

“If you can recover property you know was taken from the victim, that just makes your case stronger,” Barr said.

“Our investigators worked really hard on this case and did a good job putting this together in a timely manner. Everything came together the way it’s supposed to and went off without a hitch. That’s the way you want them all to go.”

Tolbert was placed in the Pike County Jail and is being held on a total $52,500 bond. Another $1,000 bond would need to be cleared for the misdemeanor charges if he made bond from Pike County Jail.

Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony punishable by 10 years to life in prison. Unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.