CLARKTON -- A Clarkton man was arrested Wednesday night for committing several robberies in the area.
According to Dexter Chief of Police Paul Haubold, a 31-year-old male from Clarkton was arrested in Clarkton around 7:30 or 8 p.m. and admitted to committing robberies in Dexter, Malden and Kennett. The man's name is currently being withheld, pending formal charges, and he is being held in jail at Kennett.
Police were searching for the man after a robbery in Dexter Monday evening.
According to Dexter Police, at about 5:32 p.m., Monday, an unidentified male entered the establishment of Lois' House of Fashion and demanded money.
According to the report, when the robber entered the store he confronted a female employee after she had gotten off the phone. He demanded money and fled the scene after getting that money.
"We don't believe he was armed," Haubold said. "He alluded that he had a weapon."
Haubold said the man entered wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt and was wearing a baseball cap under the hood. He reportedly had a hand in the sweatshirt's pocket; which might suggest he had a weapon, and demanded money from the register.
The amount of money taken from the store was undetermined.
According to the victim, the subject took the money and ran down the side of the building and out of sight.
Haubold said the crime could very well have just been one of opportunity.
"It was late in the day, he saw a woman by herself. It could have just been one of those things," Haubold advised. "In all the time I've been here, the only robberies like that have taken place (at businesses off Highway 60). And the people that committed those crimes were from off the highway."
Haubold said no one was hurt during the robbery.
When asked if there is an increasing degree of such crimes locally, Haubold said no.
"We've had a lot of trespassing calls and vandalism calls," Haubold said. "But a lot of that has to do with personal squabbles and someone trying to get to someone else."
Haubold went on to say that, while the crime is uncommon, such a thing could happen anywhere.
"The criminal activity we've been having lately isn't any more frequent than usual," Haubold remarked.
Some information was provided by the SEMO News Service.