ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– St. Louis police have arrested a suspect accused of robbing as many as eight south city businesses at gun point.
Police describe the suspect as a bold desperate heroin addict who robbed businesses to support his drug habit.
However, his alleged crime spree came to an end, when he tried to rob a south city Subway.
Nolan Walla was working the front line preparing to close the Subway Monday night when an armed robber captured on surveillance video entered the restaurant demanding cash.
Walla walked toward the register, but then instincts kicked in, charging to the back of the restaurant. Walla warned a co-worker about the robber and they bolted through the door.
They also made sure they got a good description of the robber`s car and shared that information with police when they called 9-1-1. Within minutes, undercover officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle and made an arrest.
Police say the suspect confessed to robbing several businesses including a Walgreen`s, a Quick-Trip, and a Sav-O-Lot, all within a mile and a half radius, all since Christmas Eve.
Walla, a student at MIZZOU, working to earn extra cash during winter break, is happy the suspect is behind bars.
The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Merrell Burch of the 7700 block of Olde English. He’s charged with robbing a Quick Trip on Gravois and attempted robbery of a Subway on Chippewa.
The suspect could face more charges as the investigation continues.