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A pickup truck stolen from Hopkins Lumber in Memphis on Wednesday afternoon was not gone for long. Less than six hours after the truck was stolen by a single suspect from a parking spot in front of the store on Monroe Street a block off the city square, it was recovered in neighboring Schuyler County.
Store employees witnessed the theft, which was also captured on video surveillance. The footage showed a lone white male suspect in a brown coat, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and shoes. jump into the driver’s seat of the white 2013 GMC pickup and speed off eastbound on Monroe Street.
A witness later reported seeing the truck westbound on Highway 136 toward Downing.
Officers from the Memphis Police Department, Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol began a search for the stolen vehicle.
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office was also notified and a deputy was dispatched to the Downing area hoping to locate the stolen vehicle.
Initial investigation identified a potential suspect. Having prior contact with the suspect, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office began to check known contacts for the individual. At 4:10 p.m. a sheriff’s deputy located the stolen vehicle at a residence in Queen City.
The suspect, Sherman W. Robbins, age 41, of Queen City, was eventually taken into custody at the property after allegedly attempting to hide behind some clothing in the laundry room.
Robbins was taken into custody by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s deputy without further incident. He was transported to the Schuyler County Jail for booking.
Robbins was arrested on a Scotland County warrant on charges of class D felony stealing and class D felony tampering with a motor vehicle. He was held on a $10,000 cash only bond.
Robins was arraigned by Judge Kimberly Nicoli on March 30th, with a bond hearing set for 10 a.m. on April 3rd.