Suspect arrested in Claremore armed robbery

Wednesday afternoon, Claremore police officer Matt Rice escorted Joshua Jones to his patrol car, then to Rogers County Jail where he was booked in on allegations of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

A suspect is in custody in connection with an armed robbery in Claremore.

Claremore Police Officer Matt Rice arrested 25-year old Joshua Jones in connection to a Quick Mart robbery that took place in Claremore on Sept. 8

Court records show officers reviewed store surveillance video of the suspect, later identified as Jones, "wearing a mask and a welder's sleeve on his left arm while pointing a handgun at the clerk," and saw the clerk put money in a bag, and place the bag on the counter.

CPD reports say officers performed intensive surveillance of Jones ultimately obtained a search warrant for his residence.

"In his home officers found a mask and a welder's sleeve, which officers believe he used to conceal his identity. Officers also located a handgun that appeared to be the same one used during the robbery."

According to police records, officers also found evidence on Jones' cell phone where he communicated to his girlfriend that he has committed the robbery, cleaned the money, and that he recruited another man to serve as an alibi."

Following the identification and arrest of a suspect, Investigator John Singer praised the work of patrol officer Matt Rice.

At the time of the incident CPD described the robbery saying "a male walked into Kwick Stop convenience store where he showed the clerk a pistol and demanded money. The person then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money."

The only description officers had at the time was: "He's a white male with brown hair, about 5-ft-3 in height. The suspect covered his face with a mask and fled in a white, newer model, Chevrolet Cruz."

From there, Singer said, Rice was able to develop a suspect.

"Officer Rice, using his knowledge of his community, was able to develop this suspect with very little to go on," Singer said.

Wednesday afternoon Jones was booked into the Rogers County Jail on allegations of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

According to CPD, Jones has prior felony charge of larceny of merchandise from a retailer in which he received a two year deferred sentence.

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