Local woman arrested, charged in convenience store robbery

On December 20th at 9:10pm, Sikeston DPS received a call of a robbery at Quick Check II convenience store.  Officers arrived at the store located at 206 E. Center and found a disturbance in the parking lot with the offender, the clerks and some patrons.  Officers detained a 29 year old female and a man who drove the female to the store. 

The employees of the store told officers the female had just robbed the store with a large butcher knife.  Officers found cash from the register scattered about in the front passenger seat of the 71 year old man’s vehicle.  The man said the female had waived him down minutes earlier several blocks away.  He said he didn’t know the female but drove her to the convenience store so she could call someone to pick her up.  He said the woman went into the business and came out a short time later, chased by employees and others. 

The employees said the woman came into the business and pulled out a large butcher’s knife and demanded money.  The clerks were familiar with the woman and said she frequents their establishment from time to time.  The woman took cash from the register and ran outside.  The employees called 911 and tried to stop the woman from leaving.  Police quickly responded to the convenience store, located one block from DPS Headquarters. 

Officers interviewed several witnesses and collected evidence at the scene.  They located the butcher’s knife in the parking lot a few feet from the suspect vehicle.  Later investigators interviewed the female and she confirmed that the 71 year old man had no knowledge of what occurred inside the business.  Police were able to release the man based on her statements. 

Sunday morning the Scott County Court charged Amanda Carr (29 of Cape Girardeau) with Robbery (class A felony) and Armed Criminal Action.  Carr was given a $25,000 cash only bond and transported to the county jail awaiting her arraignment. 

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