THAYER -- An anonymous tip led Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward and chief deputy Eric King to a teen-ager suspected of robbing the Ray-Noble Package Store March 25.
A 16-year-old juvenile from Essex, Ill., was taken into custody by the officers without incident March 26 at 12:55 p.m. The suspect's name has not been released because he is a minor.
He was found walking on E Highway south of Alton and turned over to juvenile authorities. The boy's 1991 Ford Probe was found in a field off Oregon County Road 244, 12 miles south of Alton. Ward said the car was burned and the .22-caliber revolver believed to have been used in the attempted robbery was later turned over to the sheriff's department.
Owner and manager of the store Peggy Edwards said a young man entered the store just before 3 p.m. March 25 wearing a nylon hose over his head. She said he stood in front of the counter holding a small handgun and asked her to open the register.
Edwards said it was then she told him an alarm to the local police station had been activated and said he should leave the store because the police were on their way.
She said the suspect left the store, entering a blue car that turned north at the stoplight, heading toward Thayer.