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Former Conway store employee charged with robbing the business

A Galivants Ferry man turned himself into Conway police to face charges in connection with the robbery of a convenience store where he once worked, according to Catina Hipp, Conway police spokeswoman.

Gary Marrs, 43, turned himself into police about 2 a.m. today and was charged with strong arm robbery, Hipp said. Marrs appeared before City Judge Jane Mackey on Thursday where he received a $10,000 surety bond.

The charge stemmed from about 9 p.m. Wednesday when police were called to Churchill BP at 2901 Church St., for a robbery, Hipp said. The store clerk told police a man came to the counter with a purchase and reached over the counter and grabbed money from the drawer once the register was opened.

When the clerk tried to close the register to keep the man from taking money, it fell to the floor and money fell out, Hipp said. The suspect grabbed some of the money on the floor and then ran out of the store to a white Ford Ranger.

The store’s owner reviewed surveillance video of the incident and identified the suspect as a previous employee, Hipp said.