The Herald Bulletin

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Cops, courts and fires

April 4, 2014

Man suspected of store robbery, car theft in custody

ANDERSON — A man wanted for several alleged crimes, including a robbery, identity deception and stealing a vehicle was in police custody Friday night.

Questin L. Hinkle, 18, of Anderson, was arrested Wednesday on multiple warrants for crimes he's suspected of committing in November. He faces charges of identity deception, leaving the scene of an accident, operator never licensed, robbery, criminal mischief and auto theft.

He was also on probation during the incidents and owes money in a civil case. As of Friday night, he was housed in the Madison County Jail on a bond of more than $10,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a short white man fitting Hinkle's description attempted to buy candy from the Dollar General in the 1200 block of East 53rd Street on Nov. 17. The cashier, who was working alone at the time, rang up the man's purchase, and when she opened the cash register, the man reached over the counter and grabbed $10 bills from the drawer.

The man never verbally threatened her and didn't use a weapon, but continued to try to grab money even after the cashier slammed the drawer. Ultimately, the man escaped from the store with $70.

A day later, a suspect also matching Hinkle's description stole a vehicle from the Speedway gas station in the 1000 block of West 38th Street. Witnesses from that incident reportedly identified Hinkle as the suspect in a photo array provided by police. Suspecting a connection, detectives also showed the photo array to the cashier from the Dollar General incident. She purportedly identified the picture of Hinkle without hesitation.

Hinkle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor incidents for resisting law enforcement in January 2013 and criminal recklessness in February 2013. He was on probation for both when he was arrested on the robbery and auto theft charges.

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