Police arrest one suspect in armed robbery



By KEN de la BASTIDE

ken.delabastide@heraldbulletin.com



A tip from a reliable source has led to the arrest of one man and a search for a second in connection with an armed robbery last Saturday.

Anderson police arrested Brent E. Brizendine, 29, Anderson, on a preliminary charge of robbery, a Class C felony, and theft, a class D felony.

The Madison County prosecutor’s office was given an additional 72 hours to file charges against Brizendine by Criminal Magistrate Stephen Clase on Wednesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a white male entered the Gas America, 2425 Raible Ave. and demanded cash from the employee.

“Give me all your 20s, don’t act weird or I’ll shoot you,” the robber told the clerk. She said the man had his hands in his pockets like he was holding a gun.

A witness told Anderson police Detective Randy Tracy that Brizendine and another man were involved in the robbery. The witness said Brizendine drove the car and the other man committed the robbery.

Brizendine told police he was inside the store and stole a lighter.

A surveillance camera shows Brizendine in the store and communicating with the second man.

Brizendine is being detained at the Madison County jail on a full cash $10,000 bond.

The robbery remains under investigation by Anderson police.

In other court news, three New Castle residents were arrested in the parking lot of the Kohl’s Department store and charged with theft.

Anthony Lee, 47, New Castle is charged with two counts of theft, a Class D felony. Kelly Lee, 38, and Cristi Caulk, 22, are both charged with theft, a Class D felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the three were observed inside the Kohl’s store on closed-circuit television on Feb. 13 and stopped in the parking lot.

At the time they were stopped Anthony Lee attempted to throw jeans underneath a parked car, police said.

The trio is alleged to have stolen three pairs of jeans valued at $104. Anthony Lee is also alleged to have taken six DVDs and two pair of jeans valued at $180.

Bond was set at $10,000 for each.

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