Petties Lee Moore Jr., 37, of Anniston, was charged with felony first-degree robbery.
Anniston police Capt. Allen George said Moore robbed the Kangaroo Express at 851 Lagarde Ave. on May 28.
George said a gas station employee told police that Moore and another man walked into the gas station around 3 a.m. The cashier told police one suspect picked up a 12-pack of beer and Moore asked, “Do you know what time it is?”
Moore motioned toward the cashier that he had a firearm in his jacket, George said. The other suspect fled with the beer, the captain said, and Moore told the cashier, “He’s just playing. Don’t call the police,” before leaving the gas station.
Both suspects left in the same vehicle, George said.
George said police were able to identify Moore from store video surveillance, but he did not know where police found Moore. The second suspect had not been identified this afternoon, the captain said.
George said no one was injured during the robbery, and he was uncertain if Moore actually had a gun during the incident.
George said he doesn’t often encounter robberies where the person pretends to have a weapon.
“Most shoplifting turns into robberies because the suspect uses force against the shopkeeper to get away,” he said.
The Criminal Code of Alabama states that robbery in the first degree is committed when “possession then and there of an article used or fashioned in a manner to lead any person who is present reasonably to believe it to be a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.”
Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said a majority of the robberies in his jurisdiction donot involve a real weapon.
“If they’ve got one they’re going to show it,” Thompson said.
Thompson said a recent Jacksonville robbery involved a man who stole two 24-packs of beer, walked out to his vehicle and pointed his finger at a cashier who tried to stop him. Thompson said the suspect told the cashier “You don’t want to mess with me.”
Pointing one finger is enough to charge someone with felony first-degree robbery, the chief said.
“All it takes is that they say they have a weapon or say they’re going to do bodily harm,” Thompson said.
The minimum sentence for first-degree robbery, Thompson said, is 10 years in prison.
Moore’s court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 5. Bond is set at $10,000.
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