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Byrnes Mill Police are seeking charges against a 32-year-old Fenton man in connection with an armed robbery at Big T Recycling and Scrap Metal, 3560 Gravois Road, Chief Frank T. Selvaggio said.

The robbery occurred about 11 a.m. March 7. Selvaggio said Byrnes Mill Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.

The suspect already has been charged in connection with an April 17 armed robbery at the Little Caesars restaurant, 1165 Gravois Road, in High Ridge. He was charged with first-degree robbery, a class A felony, and armed criminal action, an unclassified felony, in connection with that case and was being held today (June 6) in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

He also has been charged with stealing $750 or more, a class D felony, in connection with a theft at Art’s Self Storage, 2737 Cape Town Village, in High Ridge on March 27, court records show.

The class A felony is punishable by 10 to 30 years or life in prison, the class D felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, and the unclassified felony carries a minimum penalty of three years in prison.

In the Big T Recycling and Scrap Metal robbery, the suspect allegedly was armed with a black gun with silver slides and pointed it at a male employee before stealing $2,400 in cash from the business and fleeing in a pickup, Byrnes Mill Detective Mike Dueker said.

The suspect was driving a Ford F-250 pickup with a black driver side and hood, a maroon passenger side, no plates and no tailgate. The suspect wore a tan bandana around his face during the robbery, Dueker said.

No one was hurt in the robbery; however, the suspect took the employee’s phone and slammed it on the ground so the person could not call police, Dueker said.

The man was identified as a suspect in the Big T robbery by security footage and victim identification.

A $2,500 reward was being offered to anyone who could provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the robbery. Until the suspect is charged and convicted, there is no word on if the reward will be given out, Selvaggio said.

In the Little Caesars robbery, the suspect entered the restaurant and allegedly displayed a semiautomatic handgun and ordered an employee to give him the money in the cash register. The suspect reportedly left the store after telling the employee he would shoot him if he followed him outside, according to the probable-cause statement in the case.

In the Art’s Self Storage theft, the suspect allegedly stole a tow-behind camper.