Woman nabbed after robbing store owner at gunpoint - WKRN News 2

Woman nabbed after robbing Columbia store owner at gunpoint

Posted: Updated: March 4, 2014 06:30 PM CST
Shirley Wilson, 59, is charged with aggravated robbery. Shirley Wilson, 59, is charged with aggravated robbery.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

A Columbia convenience store customer is credited with leading police to a woman who allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint.

According to police, Shirley Wilson, 59, robbed the BP station on East James Campbell Boulevard Saturday morning.

She entered the store and demanded money from owner Amit Patel.

"When I came up she showed me something that looked like a gun wrapped in a cloth and said don't move," said Patel.

Patel quickly handed the suspect over $260 in cash and she left.

"It happened so quickly," said Patel.

The story took an interesting turn when Patel asked a regular customer coming through the drive-thru to follow the suspect in hopes of tracking Wilson down for authorities.

"I'm really grateful to the customer," said Patel.

According to an incident report, the unidentified customer followed Wilson through traffic and got just enough information for authorities to find her.

Detectives eventually found Wilson at her Woodside Street home and arrested her Sunday. They also recovered several items including a crack pipe and cash at the time of the arrest.

It may be business as usual on Tuesday, but in the back of Patel's mind, he worries about the long-term effects such crimes can have on his beloved community.

"What they are actually doing is giving a long-term effect on society it creates fear and make everyone sad," said Patel.

Wilson was charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Maury County jail on $80,000 bond.

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