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Suspect in Burton strong arm robbery turns himself in

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Forrest Eugene Tucker (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) Forrest Eugene Tucker (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
BURTON, SC (WTOC) -

Police have arrested the suspect in Monday's strong arm robbery at a Burton grocery store.

Forrest Eugene Tucker, 57, who was wanted on one count of strong arm robbery, turned himself into investigators Tuesday afternoon. Tucker was positively identified as the suspect who stole a wallet from a victim's shopping cart just after 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The victim, a 79-year-old female, told police that an unknown black male had approached her cart as she was shopping in the meat department of Food Lion on Shanklin Road. The suspect tried to snatch the victim's purse, but was unable to take it because it was strapped into the front seat of the cart. The suspect then took the victim's wallet from her purse and left the store. The victim was unharmed.

Other customers who witnessed the robbery tried to chase the suspect and observed him fleeing the scene in a bronze Toyota Highlander. They were able to take down the suspect's license plate information and they gave it to responding deputies. Police searched the area but were unable to find the vehicle. After reviewing surveillance footage, they were able to positively identify Tucker as the robbery suspect.

Tucker was transported to the detention center, where he will remain awaiting a bond hearing.

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