Police arrest serial robbery suspect - WKRN News 2

Police arrest serial robbery suspect

Posted: Updated: March 19, 2013 07:04 PM

Police have arrested a man in Nashville early Tuesday morning suspected of robbing 12 businesses in both Cheatham and Davidson counties.

Nashville's News 2 was first on the scene around 7:30 a.m. where they apprehended 41-year-old Clemente Bell along Interstate 440 at Nolensville Pike Tuesday.

About an hour before his arrest, Bell robbed Shipley Donuts in Donelson armed with what appeared to be a hand gun.

Police reported that the gun was a toy, painted black to look real.

During that robbery, police said Bell got away with the cash and took off on foot. They believe he \ parked his car in the nearby vicinity and drove away.

Officers were actively patrolling the area for cars that matched previous surveillance footage and a description of the getaway vehicle and pulled over Bell's green, four-door Pontiac Bonneville.

Authorities reported that when they pulled over Bell, he matched the suspect's description and was wearing similar clothes to the robbery that occurred at Shipley Donuts.

Bell's alleged crime spree starts in Cheatham County in late February.

He reportedly hits the Joelton Shell station twice, first on March 4 and again on Monday March 18. Each time he robbed the same clerk, a mother of two teenage girls.

In this incident, he came in to buy gas, showing his face, and was caught on video surveillance. Then a short time later, he came back, allegedly wielding a gun and wearing disposable paper clothes, and his signature white bandana.

With each robbery, Bell became bolder, allegedly robbing two Nashville stores on St. Patrick's day, three stores the next day and finally Shipley donuts Tuesday morning.

Once Bell was taken in by police, he admitted to the robberies during interviews.

He was booked into Metro's jail.

Murfreesboro police reported that they are looking at Bell for similar crimes Rutherford County.

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