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Iowa crook in tight hoodie nabbed after demanding Pall Mall Reds


This news story was published on January 30, 2016.
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Pall-Mall-RedCOUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – An Iowa man with a strong urge for Pall Mall Red cigarettes attempted two robberies within a few hours and cops caught him as he was a entering his apartment.

Police in Council Bluffs, Iowa say that on January 28, officers were dispatched to a Casey’s General store at 2301 24th Avenue for a Robbery. The suspect allegedly approached the clerk with his hoodie pulled tight across his face and demanded, “Give me all your money.’ The clerk refused to give the suspect any money. The suspect then demanded Pall Mall Reds from the clerk but she refused that demand, too. The suspect, described as a white male with gray stubble on his face with no teeth, wearing a gray zip up hoodie, then fled the area.

Then, at 3:32 AM the next morning, a robbery was reported at the Bucky’s store at 1839 Madison Avenue. The suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. This clerk also refused to give the suspect any money. The suspect then demanded Pall Mall Reds from the clerk. The clerk gave the suspect a pack of Pall Mall Reds and the suspect left the store. The clerk gave the same description at the previous robbery at Casey’s and this time was able to get the suspect’s license plate information.

With this information, officers went to the home of a suspect, 56-year-old Ernest Wilcox of Council Bluffs. Officers located the Wilcox as he was about to enter his apartment building and was detained for questioning. He was transported to the Criminal Investigations Division for an interview by detectives. During this interview, Wilcox confessed to both robberies and was placed under arrest.

WILCOX, ERNEST ALPHONSO

WILCOX, ERNEST ALPHONSO

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4 Responses to Iowa crook in tight hoodie nabbed after demanding Pall Mall Reds

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Can’t afford those $1.50 donuts or $6.00 Reds at caseys. Man thats almost legal robbery..

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    Peter OFFICIAL Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Legal terms like robbery, burglary, larceny, theft, shoplifting, all pertain to taking something that isn’t yours. I think it all needs simplifying.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2016 at 4:41 am

    he was lookin for money to get a set of choppers

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    He was probably in a hurry to make his dental appointment.