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Robbery suspect arrested

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Officers found the man who allegedly robbed the new Walgreen's hiding in his boxer shorts in a cabinet under a sink at a nearby motel, Decatur police said Tuesday.

Detective Rick Archer said police found the suspect, whose image was captured on the Sixth Avenue store's state-of-the-art surveillance system during Monday's 9 p.m. robbery, by canvassing neighborhoods late into the night.

"It was a matter of hitting the streets and knocking on doors. We hit a general area that we knew he was likely to be. We knocked on doors and talked to people until we came up with the right name," Archer said.

That name was Walter Orr, 35, a transient wanted on a probation violation and with a criminal history including a prior conviction for first-degree robbery, Archer said.

An employee, Michelle Trusty, 34, told police "the suspect walked around the counter, got behind her and told her to open the register. She opened the register, he reached in, removed the money and then ran out the front door. The victim told us that he had something in his hand, but she wasn't sure what it was," said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Police did not disclose the amount of cash taken.

They knew they were searching for a man wearing a red and white baseball cap, Archer said.

"There was excellent surveillance video," Archer said. "They (Walgreen's) have one of the newest and most high-tech surveillance systems in Decatur. In fact, they have a big TV screen mounted by the door that shows your face as you're walking in the door. So I can't imagine anybody walking in there and not thinking that they're being recorded."

Acting on tips from citizens, Anti-Crime Unit members went to room 208 at the Mark II Inn, where another person in the room claimed to be alone and allowed officers inside.

"The officers were extremely perceptive and noticed a unique Crimson Tide ball cap in the apartment that they recognized as being similar to the one worn by the robber. When they saw that hat, they began to suspect they had indeed received credible information from the citizen tips," Archer said.

They discovered Orr hiding under the sink in his boxers and arrested him, Archer said.

Archer said police recovered most of the money taken, having caught Orr before he had a chance to spend it.

After questioning Orr, investigators charged him with first-degree robbery.

Police found no gun or other evidence indicating that Orr was actually armed at the time of the robbery, "but he certainly led the clerk to believe he was armed. There is no doubt in her mind that her life was danger," Archer said.

Orr has cooperated with the investigation so far, Archer said.

Orr remained in Morgan County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond late Tuesday. His bond was set at $50,000 because of his extensive criminal history, Archer said.

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