Early Sunday Morning robbery ends with one Arrest

Sunday, October 16th 2005, 6:01 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa robbery detectives teamed up with patrol officers, to put the men accused of stealing cigarettes from 14 stores, behind bars this afternoon.

Police say one of the suspects, Roger Merrick, robbed the Fiesta Mart at 81st and Sheridan today. Officers say he had a pistol in his waistband, took cigarettes then sped off.

Police stopped his car and found a trash bag full of cigarettes and a toy pistol. The cigarettes were returned to the store where the clerk positively identified Merrick.

Police believe Merrick's partner is John Burton who was arrested Thursday in Sapulpa.
Detectives say the men robbed more than a dozen convenience stores in the past few weeks. Each time, they took only cigarettes.