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Officers continue search for armed robbery suspect

May 9, 2012


Starkville Police Department officials are currently searching for a suspect of an armed robbery which took place Tuesday.

Sammie Bernard Reed, 42, of 1507 Louisville St., allegedly robbed a resident of the Sandhill Arms apartment complex on Louisville Street two days ago. SPD Detective Stephanie Perkins said Reed used a revolver and stole $70 from the victim. Reed was out on bond from an April 6 arrest in which SPD charged him with false pretense. She said Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office already has a warrant for him not being present at the hearing for that charge. Once he was indicted, he was reclassified as a county prisoner.

Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett confirmed Reed was already wanted.

“We have an active warrant for county circuit court where he did not show up,” Garnett said.

SPD Chief David Lindley said Reed is classified as a habitual offender. He was also charged with a robbery in Starkville in September 2011 after stealing money from a man who gave him a ride to a convenience store.
“He’s been sent to the penitentiary before. He’s a lifelong resident of the community and ought to still be in the area,” Lindley said. “He’s facing a severe set of charges, and it would be better for him if he would turn himself in.”

Perkins said residents should take caution as Reed is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to contact SPD at 662-323-4131 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151.

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