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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:32 pm

The man charged in the robbery of Fischer Phillips 66 station last September is now in the custody of Franklin County authorities.

Beau D. Ford, 22, formerly of Warrenton, is being held in the Franklin County Jail on the charges of first-degree robbery in the Sept. 14, 2013, holdup of a clerk at the Fischer station.

A $45,000 cash-only bond was set in the case.

Ford had been serving prison time for crimes in Lincoln and Warren counties. He was released Tuesday from prison into the custody of Franklin County authorities.

He was serving concurrent sentences, totaling seven years, for second-degree burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle, first-degree property damage and interfering with arrest in the Lincoln and Warren County cases. Ford was released under an early release program.

Earlier this year, Ford was given a seven-year suspended sentence on a second-degree burglary charge in the Sept. 1, 2013, break-in at the West End Station on West Fifth Street and placed on five years’ probation. He also received a one-year suspended sentence for a companion misdemeanor stealing charge.

After threatening the clerk with a knife and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber of the Fischer station discarded several articles of clothing near the scene. Police found the clothing and obtained a fingerprint and a palm print, Washington police Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said.

The fingerprint is a match for Ford and police plan to obtain a palm print from him after he’s released from prison, Sitzes said.

Ford was an associate of Jacob Sanor, 18, and Cornelius R. Balch, 20, both of Warren County. Sanor and Balch pleaded guilty to the Sept. 17 armed robbery of the Fas-Trip BP station at Fifth Street and Highway 47.

Investigators believe Ford also was involved in that armed robbery but he never was charged with that crime.

Sitzes said Ford and Sanor were living in the same apartment at the time of the West End Station burglary in which liquor and cigarettes were reported stolen. A large rock was used to break the glass front door and enter the station, according to reports.

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