MUSCLE SHOALS — A Colbert County man, in jail since Sunday, has been charged in connection with three armed robberies.
Winford Cobb Jr., 41, Elm Street, Littleville, is charge with three counts of first-degree robbery, Muscle Shoals police said.
Cobb was taken into custody Sunday morning as a suspect in the three robberies.
Investigators said warrants were issued Wednesday morning after they reviewed the case with the Colbert County District Attorney’s Office.
Muscle Shoals police detective Craig Rickman said Cobb is accused of robbing Jack’s Restaurant on Woodward Avenue and Quick Stop convenience store on Alabama 20 on Friday, night, and Sweet Pepper’s Deli on Avalon Avenue on Saturday.
Rickman said Cobb matched witness descriptions in all three robberies.
No one was injured in any of the robberies, police said.
According to reports, at each location the robber indicated by his actions that he had a weapon. “He kept his hand inside his jacket or his shirt, giving the impression he had a gun,” Rickman said.
In each case, the robber was seen leaving in a dark SUV.
Rickman said Littleville police had been looking for a black SUV that was reported taken from a Littleville residence Friday.
He said a former police officer spotted the vehicle late Saturday night after the robberies were reported on Woodward Avenue.
“He said the driver was acting suspiciously and called in the license to police,” Rickman said.
While authorities were trying to locate Cobb, an off-duty Littleville police officer saw the SUV at a convenience store at Second Street and Woodward Avenue about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and called police.
Investigators said Cobb also is a suspect in the armed robbery of Chuck E. Cheese in Sheffield about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Police said Cobb has denied any involvement in the robberies.
He is being held in the colbert jail on bail totaling $150,000. First-degree robbery is a Class A felony punishable by 10 years to life in prison.