FEBRUARY 27, 2006 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CST, updated at 1:51 p.m. CST, updated at 3:50 p.m.
CARDWELL, MO - Southeast Missouri authorities have arrested a 39-year-old Harrisburg man suspected in at least two weekend robberies at Region 8 convenience stores.
Matthew Shipman was arrested this morning while filling his vehicle up with gas at a convenience store near Cardwell, Missouri, Shipman is considered the prime suspect in the early Saturday morning robber of a Flash Market convenience store near the Arkansas-Missouri state line in Dunklin County. The suspect allegedly struck a store clerk in the head with a heavy object, possibly a wrench.
He is also suspected in a similar weekend robbery at a convenience store in Harrisburg, and/or a liquor store near Tyronza.
RED ONION, MO - Authorities in Dunklin County are investigating the early Saturday morning armed robbery of the Flash Market convenience store at Red Onion, just northeast of the Arkansas-Missouri state line.
According to Sheriff Bob Holder, his office received a 911 call at approximately 3:45 a.m. from a caller identifying himself as a customer at the store. The caller said an unidentified white male had entered the store and struck the clerk in the head with an unknown object, possibly a wrench, knocking her to the floor.
The suspect is described as being approximately 6-feet-3 inches tall with brown hair. He was wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans at the time of the crime, and left the crime scene driving a silver or gray two-door Pontiac Grand-Am. Authorities did not reveal what, if anything, the robbery may have gotten away with.