BENTON - Four men are in the Scott County jail after being linked to an armed robbery in Caruthersville.
The men, whose names were not released by authorities, are from Columbia with ties to Caruthersville, said Caruthersville Police Chief Chris Riggs.
Officers learned of the crime after what began as a traffic stop.
At 1 a.m. Sunday, a Caruthersville officer observed a stop sign violation and attempted to stop the vehicle. Following a short pursuit, the driver pulled over and told the officer he was on his way to his girlfriend's home because she had been robbed by four unknown males armed with guns.
"Officers continued the investigation and learned from the female at the residence that she had, in fact, been robbed at gun point," Riggs stated in a news release. The victim reported a safe with a large amount of money was taken in the robbery.
Neither the woman nor her daughter, who was also in the residence, were harmed by the suspects.
About 6 a.m. Sunday, the Scott City Police Department contacted Caruthersville police inquiring about four suspects arrested on Interstate 55 within the Scott City limits. The vehicle they were in was traveling 108 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour speed zone. They were taken in custody for speeding and on a misdemeanor drug charge.
The four suspects matched the description of the armed robbers and a large amount of money was recovered from the suspects' vehicle by Scott City officers.
Riggs said the case will be an ongoing joint investigation between the Caruthersville Police Department and the Scott City Police Department until the robbery case is resolved. Charges of first degree robbery and first degree burglary are being sought against the four by Caruthersville Police.