Jefferson County man uses bullet to rob gas station, deputies say

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Timothy Sweeney

FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – A Jefferson County man robbed a local station over the weekend armed nothing more than a single bullet.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Timothy Sweeney, walked into the BP gas station in the 2500 block of Highway 61 around 5:15 a.m. Sunday, held out a bullet in his hand and claimed he had a weapon in his pocket.

The gas station clerk gave Sweeney an undisclosed amount of cash and Sweeney ran into some nearby woods to shed his attire – a yellow-hooded sweatshirt and cloth skull mask.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office searched the woods and found a change of clothes hidden in the woods, but they also discovered an ID card with Sweeney’s name on it. Authorities used the ID to track Sweeney down and arrest him.

Sweeney was charged with first-degree robbery and jailed on $30,000 bond.