Daleville police make arrest in the robbery of McLin’s owner

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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Tuesday evening an unnamed juvenile was arrested by Daleville police for the Saturday robbery of McLin’s. 

According to Interim Daleville Police Chief Allen Medley, the Daleville Police Department received an anonymous tip on Tuesday providing the names of four possible suspects in the robbery of McLin’s restaurant owner.

He said all four of the possible suspects were Daleville High School students.

“Very thankful that, you know, my father wasn’t hurt, things didn’t go worse than they did,” Co-Partner, Matthew McLin, said. “We’re, you know, very blessed, like I said, that he wasn’t hurt further, but we’re going to continue to push forward, be more vigilant with the way we handle deposits and money transactions.”

The Daleville Police Department will escort businesses to the bank if they are making a deposit —something McLin’s said it will be using in the future.

“We don’t necessarily have a specific protocol as far as making deposits,” McLin said. “We try to avoid being routine to kind of avoid not being in the path of something someone could catch on to.”

In a statement to the Southeast Sun, Chief Medley said after questioning the possible suspect, the police department obtained a confession. The juvenile, who was taken into custody without incident, is being charged as an adult for first-degree robbery.

“I honestly had a feeling it would be solved, but by no means did I think we would reach a pretty quick resolution as we did,” McLin said. “I thought it would take some time, I knew they’d work hard, but they were impressive in their work.”

McLin thanked the department’s investigators, the Dale County Sheriff’s office, and Alabama State Troopers for their quick work. 

 According to the Southeast Sun, the robbery is still under investigation and more arrests “are likely to come” after “strong evidence” was collected to be analyzed.

Currently, the juvenile has no bond.

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