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Documents shed new light on vape shop robbery

Crime Watch

RIGBY — A 23-year-old Alabama man who allegedly stole more than $200 from a local company earlier this week has been officially charged.

Nicholas Scott Adams is charged with felony robbery following the incident in Rigby.

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According to the affidavit of probable cause documents, on Monday around 4:40 p.m. a Rigby police officer and a deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mountain River Vapor Company to a report of an armed robbery.

“I was advised the suspect was possibly armed with a pistol,” the deputy wrote.

The deputy talked to the victim at the store and she said the suspect, later identified as Adams, came in before the robbery and bought something before leaving in his car.

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The victim told law enforcement that after a while, the same man came back into the store. He had a bath towel wrapped around his hand and said he wanted all the money from the register. The victim gave him the register right away, documents said.

The victim said she was scared and told Adams that she had kids who needed her, according to the court documents. Surveillance video from the store showed Adams reaching over and grabbing each stack of money from the register.

Law enforcement began investigating and talking to different businesses in the area. A deputy was later told the suspect was at Valley Wide Co-Op in Menan.

The deputy spotted the suspect at the gas pump.

“I initiated my emergency lights pulling my patrol vehicle directly in front of the suspect’s vehicle and I exited my vehicle, drew my service weapon and gave commands to the male to put his hands up and get on the ground,” the documents said.

Adams was handcuffed and put in the back of the patrol vehicle. Adams confessed to the robbery but reportedly told officers he did not have a gun and had just used a towel around his hand.

The felony robbery charge is punishable in prison by five years to life and/or a $50,000 fine. His bond was set at $100,000.

Adams is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

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