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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 6:32 pm

A tip from a citizen helped lead to the arrest of a man who allegedly was involved in a robbery in Sullivan on Thursday.

A press release from the Sullivan Police Department stated that a second-degree robbery warrant was issued on Friday morning for Christopher C. Briley.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash only through Franklin County Circuit Court. Further charges are pending.

According to information from the Sullivan Police Department, officers were dispatched to Pit Stop Liquor, 250 S. Service Road, regarding a robbery that had taken place.

Upon arrival, the suspect already had fled on foot, and the female clerk was feeling the effects of being maced.

The business was equipped with a video surveillance system, and officers reviewed the footage. It showed a white male about 5 foot, 7 inches tall with a brown balding hairline and goatee enter the liquor store. He was wearing a maroon or red short-sleeved shirt and shorts.

The man approached the counter and quickly reached up to the clerk, ripped off her glasses and sprayed pepper spray into her face. The suspect then reached over the counter and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash and fled.

Later in the day, Sullivan police received a tip from a citizen regarding the identity of the suspect. That information was shared with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 12:40 a.m. on Friday, Crawford County deputies conducted a traffic stop on the Interstate 44 North Service Road within Sullivan city limits. The occupant of the vehicle was determined to be Briley, and he was detained.

According to Sullivan police, Briley, 32, recently had moved to the area from California. He was taken into custody by Sullivan police after the traffic stop.

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