Ozark Robbery Arrest

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Ozark Police say they have a suspect in custody they believe is responsible for a recent string of robberies.

They tell News 4 it was the public’s help that led to an arrest.

The tip was given to the Ozark Crime Stoppers, which led to a break in the case.

With the arrest, Ozark Police say this is a huge win for not only their department, but many agencies in the Wiregrass.

Thirty-seven-year-old Mark Gabriel Perry of Union Springs was arrested Thursday night in his hometown of Union Springs.

Perry is charged with the Ozark Title Max robbery, which occurred on Wednesday.

Police say he used duct tape to tie up the store employee around her hands, feet and head.

Investigators say Perry is the suspect caught on the surveillance camera taking money from the register.

Perry has also been connected and charged with other Wiregrass crimes.

Those include the Newton Post Office robbery and attempted rape and a Troy Approved Cash Advanced robbery.

Charges are still pending against Perry in a Dothan robbery and rape case.

"For us, it was a robbery, period. When we start looking at the number of agencies involved, certainly, it is a win/win situation for everyone. It's a win for law enforcement and certainly a win for the public because we needed this person off the street," says Deputy Chief Myron Williams, Ozark Police Department.

Troy Police say Perry also stuck on Collegedale Street on the Troy University campus.

He was charged with attempted rape and theft of property in September 2006.

Since then, he's been out on bond.

"We're just one of many. We're just proud that we can say that ours has been resolved. We've solved it, but at the same time, we have a task before us that we have to prosecute this individual, Mr. Perry, to see that justice is done," says Sergeant Benny Scarbrough with the Troy Police Department.

Ozark was assisted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Service, the Dothan Police Department, the Dale County Sheriff's Office, the Troy Police Department, and the Geneva Police Department.

Ozark Police say this is a great example of combined policing effort.

The Bullock County Sheriff's Office made the arrest without any incidence. He was then transported to the Dale County Jail.

Perry made his first court appearance Friday.

If convicted, Perry faces a 25-year prison sentence on the federal charges for the Newton Post Office robbery and attempted rape.

Right now, those federal charges are still pending.