Man Steals $20,000 Cash in Armed Robbery of Smoke Shop in Coaling
Police in Coaling have arrested a man who allegedly stole more than $20,000 cash from a tobacco store there earlier this month.
According to court documents obtained by the Tuscaloosa Thread, police were called to the Smoker's Outlet on U.S. Highway 11 in Coaling on the night of November 13th on reports of a robbery there.
Investigators say a man now identified as 32-year-old Bradley Wayne Boyd entered the store that night and asked for a carton of cigarettes.
A cashier began to process the sale but looked up to see Boyd "continually patting his right pocket" and staring at her. She eventually realized Boyd seemed to be tapping on a firearm and "froze," according to the charging documents filed Wednesday.
Boyd then allegedly grabbed eight packs of cigarettes and a cash bag on the counter containing $20,354 before fleeing the store.
The robbery was caught on camera, though, and investigators with the Coaling Police Department were able to identify Boyd as the man responsible.
Boyd, who lives in Coaling, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery, a Class A felony. He was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail where his bond was set at $60,000, but jail records indicate Boyd was out on bond for more than a dozen other charges, including theft of property, disorderly conduct, drug possession, resisting arrest and more -- those bonds may be revoked in light of his new felony arrest.
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