Created: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:32:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:44:09 EST
A 44-year-old man is behind bars Wednesday, charged with robbery by intimidation at a North Bibb County grocery store, and suspected of knocking off at least two other businesses in similar fashion.
The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says Daniel Koon was arrested Wednesday morning at the Villager Lodge off Eisenhower Parkway. Koon is charged with robbing the Publix on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd Tuesday, and is suspected of robbing the Family Dollar on Emery Highway and the Kroger on North Avenue last month. All three robberies took place around 2 p.m. with the robber handing a clerk a note, and demanding money.
"I think he was getting a little comfortable with what he was doing, and thinking he wasn't going to get caught at first," said Lt. Frank Thomas, an investigator with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.
Thomas says the comfort Koon felt soon changed, after pictures of the robber started appearing on televisions and in newspapers. Thomas says Koon wasn't surprised when Middle Georgia Regional Task Force agents picked him up Wednesday.
"He knew that eventually we were going to catch him, and he saw his picture on the news," Thomas said.
Thomas says a person on the Bibb County Sheriff's Office e-mail distribution list tipped off Crimestoppers that Koon had abandoned a car near his last alleged robbery. From there, investigators identified the SUV's owner, then the suspect, and got an arrest warrant.
"That's how most of our crime is solved, is through the citizens cooperation, if we don't have the citizens out there to call in, it's going to be kind of hard to work a case because they are the one's that are out there doing the leg work for us," Thomas said.
the 25 year veteran says nearly half of all crimes today are solved with the help of tipsters, and he hopes more people get involved and help fight crime in their community.
"More tips, that's how we can solve crimes by tips, if everyone called in ... sheriff's department, Crimestoppers or the Macon Police Department, that would help us out a lot," Thomas said.
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