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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Arrest made in armed robbery attempt

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  • A robber probably thought his luck couldn't get any worse Tuesday morning when his plan to rob a convenience store at knife point went awry. But just 24 hours later, he discovered his luck could get worse when police identified him as the ineffective holdup man.
    Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said Wednesday Rusty Deck, 37, had been arrested without incident. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center.
    Here's how the events unfolded. About 10 a.m. Tuesday a masked Deck is believed to have walked into a Carter Street convenience store, displayed a large knife and demanded cash. But instead of greenbacks, he came face to face with a gun toting clerk. Deck ran from the store, removing his mask and fleeing in an older model pickup truck. His actions were caught on the store's security video camera.
    About 10 a.m. Wednesday Ardmore police took Deck into custody at his Myrtle Street residence. Hunnicutt said Sgt. Bobby Moore, who leads the APD's Criminal Investigation Division, indicated investigators assigned to the foiled holdup had been able to develop enough probable cause to make the arrest.
    Deck's criminal history includes convictions for attempted grand larceny in 1996 and possession of marijuana in 1998. In 2002 he was ordered to serve a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine. He was released from prison in 2006.
    Late Wednesday Deck remained incarcerated at the county jail pending formal charges in the robbery case.

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