Three Arrested In Grocery Store Robbery

Quick work by Bellevue police may have solved an armed robbery at a grocery store.

Two men robbed the No Frills store in Bellevue last weekend.

A third man was arrested as an accomplice.

"Our officers were familiar with them," Bellevue Police Captain Dave Stukenholtz said.

That quickly led police to arrest three men for armed robbery.

"It ain't me, they got the wrong person," Twenty-one year-old Willie White said as police were leading him to a cruiser for a trip to the Sarpy County jail. "Because I was with Nickie...innocent. I wasn't there."

White and 20-year-old Travis Bowman are believed to have walked into the grocery store packing guns.

They got away with cash.

Police say 22-year-old Nicholas Releford was waiting outside in a getaway car.

Solid police work and a little luck led to the three arrests.

'We had good surveillance, we had good descriptions from the people, that saw them there and actually our uniformed patrol officers recognized the descriptions of the suspects as they were given over the radio and were familiar with them and believed they were probably involved," Stukenholtz said.

Officers also got a search warrant to check out an apartment one of the men was renting.

Inside, officers found a grocery bag full of evidence they say links the three suspects to the robbery.

That evidence coupled with suspect interviews and alert patrol officers quickly removed three dangerous suspects from the street.

"We're very confident that we have the three people that were involved in the robbery, we understand and know the roles each on of them played and they're being charge appropriately," Stukenholtz said.

White and Bowman were booked on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed robbery.

Relerford was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and aiding and abetting.

Ironically, the apartment where the three allegedly planned the robbery is less than a block from the grocery store.


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