Man steals less than $10 from store and flees in taxi cab

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John Gillespie is being held on $75,000 bond. By Alicia Barron John Gillespie is being held on $75,000 bond. By Alicia Barron

PRESCOTT – A man in Prescott was arrested after allegedly robbing a convenience store and being driven to his home by a taxi driver.

Prescott police arrested 49-year-old John Gillespie on Sunday night. Police say the suspect entered Woody’s Convenience Mart at 501 Copper Basin at about 10:30 p.m. on the corner of Iron Springs Road. He reportedly grabbed a beer and a pack of cigarettes and walked to the front door.

When the clerk asked if Gillespie would be paying for the items, the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun, ordered the clerk to get on the floor and beat him before fleeing the scene in the taxi cab.

Officers contacted the taxi company and found out Gillespie had been dropped off at a specific trailer in the Prescott Pine Mobile Home Park. Police went to the trailer, served a search warrant and arrested the suspect.

Detectives found the weapon, an air pellet gun, along with merchandise that totaled $9.66 in the trailer. Gillespie is at the Yavapai County jail and faces armed robbery and aggravated assault charges. He is being held on $75,000 bond.