Police: Muscatine man takes cash register off Blue Grass store counter, flees in van

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A man took a cash register off the counter of a Blue Grass, Iowa convenience store and fled in a red van.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 a man dressed in all dark clothing entered Casey’s General Store and took off with their cash register, according to a spokesperson from the Blue Grass Police Department. A Casey’s employee was injured during the robbery, trying to get to safety.

A witness saw the man run from the store and get into a red van, police said.

“One Blue Grass resident followed behind the vehicle until officers were able to catch up to where the vehicle was fleeing,” said a Blue Grass Police spokesperson.

Several law enforcement agencies were helping with the investigation, including Muscatine County Sheriff.  A Muscatine deputy reportedly saw the vehicle driving southbound on Highway 61 and initiated a traffic stop. The deputy pulled the van over in Muscatine at University Drive and Colorado Street.

Police said the driver, 35-year-old Antonio Cooks from Muscatine, was the registered owner of the van and was taken into custody. He was held in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond charged with second degree robbery.