The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

September 12, 2012

Monett robbery suspect suffered setbacks

MONETT, Mo. — A suspect in a convenience store robbery Monday morning in Monett suffered enough setbacks in his getaway that capture may have seemed a relief.

Devin D. Hobbs, 18, of Cassville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with a holdup of Casey’s General Store at 728 U.S. Highway 60.

The Monett Police Department said the store was robbed at 5:15 a.m. Monday by a man wearing a dark-colored mask and displaying a large knife. He fled the store on a bicycle but was chased by two customers until he finally jumped off the bike and escaped by running across a field.

Monett police and sheriff’s deputies from Barry and Newton counties searched the surrounding area with the assistance of a dog, and found money and other items associated with the robbery but no suspect.

Investigators later learned that a resident spotted a man in his backyard a half-mile from the store about 5:30 a.m. and confronted him. In response to a threat posed by the stranger, the resident struck him in the face with a stick and he ran, according to police. More items associated with the robbery were recovered from the backyard, police said.

By midmorning Monday, officers had recovered along the presumed getaway route money and cigarettes taken from the store, the bicycle and various clothing worn by the robber.

The Barry County sheriff and a detective arrested Hobbs near Cassville the following day. He is being held at the Barry County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

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