Alleged robber tracked to Birmingham

Published 8:52 pm Friday, November 30, 2012

The Clanton Police Department arrested Bobby Joe Lockhart of Clanton on Nov. 28 for robbery third degree and theft of property second degree.

The arrest took place at the Salvation Army in Birmingham.

CPD responded Nov. 23 at 1:45 p.m. to the West Side Grocery on a reported robbery. A CPD officer met with a 68- year-old victim who told CPD that he met the offender at another local business when he was trying to purchase a vice.

The offender told the victim that he had the same one and wanted to sell it cheaper than he could buy it at the store.

They agreed to meet at another business for the sale. When the victim arrived he stated that the offender pushed him to the ground, ripped his pocket, took his wallet and fled on foot.

With cooperation from several businesses, CPD detective Whitney Ray was able to provide a photo lineup to the victim, and he identified Lockhart as the offender.

Ray was also able to track Lockhart’s whereabouts to the Salvation Army in Birmingham and CPD probation officers went with the Birmingham Police Department to arrest Lockhart.

Lockhart is currently in the Chilton County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

“Mr. Lockhart is currently on bond for a prior robbery arrest and auto theft arrest by CPD,” CPD police chief Brian Stilwell said in a release. “Hopefully, this arrest will send him away for a while,” Stilwell said.