"I needed money bad, the rent was due and my girlfriend's car is impounded. I have never done anything like this before."
So spoke Cody Gage Thomas-Murray, moments after allegedly grabbing $440 from a participant in the Pet Day event Saturday at Bedford County Agricultural Center.
Thomas-Murray, 19, of Hawkins Drive, today needs money even more -- enough to pay $20,000 bond on charges of robbery and theft of property.
He allegedly took the money at approximately 3:35 p.m. Saturday from the victim. She notified city K-9 handler officer Tracey Nelson, who was at the event with her drug-detecting dog.
Nelson notified patrol officers by radio. Officer Tory Moore arrived and found Thomas-Murray, who fit the victim's description of the suspect, about 100-150 yards away in a field. They were separated by a barbed wire fence.
"I told him to stop running and lay down on the ground," Moore said in his report.
Thomas-Murray allegedly slowed but kept running, tossing his wallet into nearby brush, until Moore was within 30 feet of Moore with weapon drawn.
Following Thomas-Murray's arrest the wallet -- containing all the $440 -- was recovered.
Thomas-Murray continually spoke of his financial situation while being processed at the judicial commissioner's office, Moore said.