SHEFFIELD — A Colbert County man already charged with three counts of first-degree robbery was charged with the robbery of Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant in Sheffield, officials said Thursday.
Winford Cobb Jr., 41, Elm Street, Littleville, was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery by Muscle Shoals police Wednesday.
On Thursday, a fourth first-degree robbery charge was added for the armed-robbery of Chuck E. Cheese on Hatch Boulevard that occurred about 9:20 Saturday night, Sheffield Police said.
Sheffield police detective Chad Carruth said Cobb is accused of walking into the restaurant and demanding money.
“There were no other customers in the business, just employees when he walked in,” Carruth said. “They close at 10 p.m., so at that time, most of the employees were busy cleaning, getting ready to close.”
Reports indicate the robber went to the clerk at the cash register and asked for change for a $100.
“When she opened the cash drawer to give the money, he put his hand inside his shirt, indicating he was armed and told her ‘I don’t want to hurt you, give me all the money,’ ” Carruth said. “The clerk did exactly what she was suppose to. She gave him the money and backed away, and he left.”
In Muscle Shoals, Cobb is accused of robbing Jack’s Restaurant on Woodward Avenue, Quick Stop convenience store on Alabama 20 and Sweet Pepper’s Deli Restaurant on Avalon Avenue. Jack’s and the convenience store were robbed Friday night, while Sweet Pepper’s was robbed Saturday about 3 p.m.
Carruth said he was informed of the previous robberies shortly after he was called to Chuck E. Cheese on Saturday night.
“After talking with the clerk and then with Muscle Shoals investigators, we felt sure it was the same person involved in all four robberies,” Carruth said.
Cobb was taken into custody Sunday morning when an off-duty Littleville police officer spotted a vehicle that police were looking for in connection with the robberies. The vehicle was parked at an convenience store at Woodward Avenue and Second Street.
The off-duty officer called 911 and Muscle Shoals police were able to take Cobb into custody without incident.
Cobb is being held in the Colbert County Jail on bail totaling $150,000.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.