Suspect linked to two separate crimes in Columbus, arrest made

Police linked Keith Richardson with an armed robbery and the burglary of a gas station.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 10:21 AM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 3:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus Police linked an armed robbery suspect to another crime that happened three days prior.

Police charged Keith Richardson, 37, of Columbus, with armed robbery and felony commercial burglary.

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Keith Richardson | Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

The armed robbery happened the night of Nov. 25 at the Tobacco Warehouse on Alabama Street, according to Police Chief Fred Shelton.

Richardson allegedly threatened the store’s clerk with a weapon and demanded cash and cigarettes.

Shelton said the clerk did so, but the bag containing the cash and cigarettes was dropped as Richardson left the store. Police later recovered the bag.

Investigators linked Richardson with the Nov. 22 burglary of a gas station. The police chief said the Exxon gas station is located on Main Street.

He said a door’s glass was broken while the station was closed.

Cash, cigarettes and beer were taken from the store.

Video of the burglary linked Richardson to the crime, Shelton said.

“An anonymous tip started us on this investigation,” the police chief said. “We were able to solve two recent cases with it.”

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