Robber of Stogies Texaco sentenced to 15 years

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

An Illinois man received a sentence of 15 years in prison Monday in Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court for robbing a Jackson convenience store.

A tip from an informant led to the January arrest of Anthony S. Mims, 33, of Collinsville, Ill., nearly two years after he robbed the Stogies Texaco on East Jackson Boulevard on June 20, 2000. Investigators said he used a gun to force store clerks to give him money.

The tipster, an inmate arrested on a probation violation Nov. 19, told investigators that Mims showed up at a house in Fredericktown, Mo., with $200 to $300 in cash, a gun and some beer and admitted to robbing the store.

Investigators contacted the store clerks that were working the night of the robbery. Within seconds of being shown a photo lineup, the two clerks identified Mims as the man who robbed the store.

Mims is currently serving time in an Illinois prison on an unrelated theft charge, investigators said.

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