Photographs by Thomas Metthe
Little Rock police officers investigate a robbery at the U.S. Bank branch at 6004 Baseline Road on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.
Originally published August 10, 2018 at 11:54a.m., updated August 10, 2018 at 04:15p.m.
A 28-year-old who was arrested after a bank robbery Friday morning is also suspected in the Thursday holdup of a beauty supply store, police said.
Brandon Marcelis of North Little Rock was arrested on two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft Friday, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Ford said.
Both robberies took place during the day, and the businesses are less than 400 feet apart.
The second holdup took place around 11:30 a.m. Friday at the U.S. Bank branch at 6004 Baseline Road, which is near the street’s intersection with Geyer Springs Road, Ford said. According to police, no one was hurt in the holdup, and the bank’s property was recovered.
Less than 24 hours earlier, a gunman robbed the Beauty Gallery robbery at 5919 Baseline Road, a separate report states. Authorities said the robber pointed a gun at employees around 1:15 p.m. and told them to put all the money from the store’s cash register into a bag.
Employees told officers that they had had helped him shop for a belt when he came into the business.
The workers said they weren’t sure how much money was in the bag, but added that the robber had also taken the belt and a few more items when he left, according to the report.
Ford said Friday that the store’s property had not yet been recovered.
Marcelis was being held at the Pulaski County jail Friday afternoon, according to police. He is set to appear in court Aug. 17.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette deputy editor Jillian Kremer contributed to this story.
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