Illinois Man Accused of Armed Robbery

An Illinois man has been arrested in an armed robbery at Pickleman’s Deli in Columbia early this morning.

The investigation revealed 22 year old Kevin Strong allegedly entered the restaurant and placed a black bag on the counter before pulling out what appeared to be a black handgun, and pointed it at the employee. An undisclosed amount of money was placed in the bag, and Strong fled on foot.

A K9 unit was used to track the suspect to the 2900 block of Old 63, where he was found by officers. Investigators found a black t-shirt, fleece gloves and an airsoft pistol. The money was recovered, along with a receipt for the airsoft gun from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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