Arrest made in armed robbery at Columbia sandwich shop
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man following an armed robbery at Pickleman's Deli on Old 63 early Friday.
Officers arrested Kevin Jabari Strong, 22, for robbery and armed criminal action. They reported finding money stolen from Pickleman's in Strong's backpack, as well as a receipt where Strong purchased an airsoft pistol at Dick's Sporting Goods.
According to the investigation, two employees were inside the business shortly after 2 a.m. when a man came in, put a black bag on the counter, and demanded money. He also allegedly pointed what looked like a handgun at them.
One employee put some money in the bag, at which point the suspect grabbed it and ran off.
Officers found the suspect, identified as Strong, a short time later with the help of a K9 unit. The search also turned up a black t-shirt, a pair of fleece gloves and an airsoft pistol.