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Marcus D. Thomas
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Around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, police went to the Kwik Stop at B and Jeffers to investigate a reported armed robbery.

A Kwik Stop employee said a man came into the convenience store, walked behind the counter, stuck something like a gun hard against her side and demanded she open the cash register, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

The man removed nearly $150 from the drawer and then demanded access to another register, where he stole another $75.

The man was later identified as Marcus Thomas, 35 of Omaha. The clerk said she did not actually see him with a firearm, but witnesses inside the store said they saw what appeared to be a handgun on Thomas.

Brown said an off-duty police officer helped to quickly identify Thomas as the robber and the getaway vehicle as a black Dodge Durango.

Thomas was located a short time later near Eugene and U.S. Highway 83, and was pulled over in the parking lot of the Fat Dog on the south side of the I-80 interchange.

Thomas’ wife Tamara Thomas, 35, also of Omaha, was riding with him. Tamara reportedly got out of the Durango before the robbery but Thomas picked her up again later, Brown said. Both of them were arrested.

After further investigation, police said Thomas stole clothing and a BB handgun that he used during the robbery earlier that day from Wal-Mart. The stolen money was recovered.

Thomas is charged with robbery and theft by shoplifting. His wife Tamara was jailed for aiding and abetting robbery. Both of them are in the Lincoln County jail, held on $100,000 bonds.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/16/2013
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