BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police made an arrest on Christmas Day in the convenience store robbery from Christmas Eve in which suspect took the cash drawer with him after smashing the register to get it opened.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said Terry Casey, 36, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of first-degree robbery.
According to Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., officers spotted a man matching the suspect's description around 3:45 p.m. riding a mountain bike, which is the type of bicycle the convenience store worker told detectives the robber rode away on.
The robbery happened at the Chevron located on the corner of Government and St. Ferdinand streets Tuesday around 5:30 p.m.
Detectives said the suspect walked up to the front counter demanding money. They added his hand was inside a green book bag as though he had a gun, but the clerk did not actually see a weapon.
Investigators said instead of handing over the cash, the store employee quickly closed and locked the register. They said the worker then threw the keys away from the suspect.
According to police, the suspect was undeterred by the bold move. They said he grabbed the cash register and smashed it on the ground until it opened.
They added he then took the entire cash drawer, ran out of the store and pedaled away on a mountain bike.