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'I needed money bad' -- so he robs

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"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.

Debts mount

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.

'Stop...lie down'

"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.