The Richmond Register

May 21, 2013

Facebook fans help RPD track down robbery suspect


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Facebook fans of the Richmond Police Department page have helped officers identify a man wanted for a January strong-arm robbery at the downtown CVS store.

Robert L. King, 37, of Georgetown, was charged May 14 with the burglary and theft of a small safe from the Madison Manor nursing home. Checks, which were later forged and cashed, and $600 were stolen in that incident.

When King’s jail mugshot appeared this week on the RPD Facebook page, followers reported that he appeared to be the same person shown in crime photos from the CVS robbery, according to a Richmond police news release.

On Jan. 29, a man entered the store and approached the counter to pay for a package of cookies. When the register was opened, the man struck the clerk in the face. He managed to grab $18 and fled on foot.

Richmond police were unable to find him immediately after the incident. The clerk was not injured.

After the Facebook tips, a follow-up investigation provided evidence that King was the person depicted in the CVS robbery, according to the RPD.

King was charged in the Madison County Detention Center with second-degree robbery in the CVS incident. He faces several more felony charges in connection with the Madison Manor safe theft.