Footprints left in freshly fallen snow helped police track down an armed robbery suspect this morning.
Around 6:22 a.m., employees at the Seventh Street Speedway gas station reported a man brandished a handgun and demanded money. Employees told police the man left the business on foot, headed east on Greene Street.
There were three clerks working at the time of the robbery, but no customers in the store. No one was injured.
Marietta Police Capt. Jeff Waite said officers tracked footprints left on the sidewalk to 116 Elmwood Ave., located near Phillips School, about four blocks from the gas station.
“We also found another set of footprints leading from the home to the gas station,” Waite said. “This was freshly fallen snow, it was early and no one else had been out. It was very easy to track.”
At the home, police arrested Robert J. “Bo” Lincoln, 20, of 403 Edgewood Drive, Marietta. Waite said one of the man’s friends lives at the residence and it appeared Lincoln had stayed there overnight.
Waite said it appears Lincoln acted alone, and no one else was charged out of the incident.
Lincoln is charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and is being held without bond pending an initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court, set for 1 p.m. Thursday. On the charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison.