MORRISON – A Morrison man charged in the armed robbery of Casey's General Store was arrested after pedaling past police Friday morning on a small bicycle.
Police said Tyler R. Engelkins, 26, was arrested at 8:12 a.m. near the McDonald's in Morrison.
Morrison Police received a "robbery in progress” call to Casey's at 3:12 a.m. By the time they arrived, the robber had fled.
Police say a man wearing a hooded jacket, mask and socks on his hands had a brief confrontation with an employee just inside the door. Police were told the robber flashed a knife and forced the employee to open the cash register. After removing the entire cash drawer, he left.
The three employees inside Casey's at the time recognized the man, and when questioned by police, named Engelkins.
Police say Engelkins works at the McDonald's on East Lincolnway, one storefront from Casey's, and as officers looked for him there Friday morning, he rode past them.
One officer took off on foot, at which point Engelkins accelerated his pedaling until more officers converged. Police say Engelkins had a plastic grocery bag, inside of which they found a cash drawer, money and "incriminating clothing" – including a pair of socks.
Engelkins' criminal history includes two felonies: a 2006 conviction for aggravated battery and a 2007 conviction for residential burglary, for which he served 11 months in boot camp.