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Mekory Crawford

Mekory Crawford

ALBANY — An arrest has been made in connection to a weekend robbery that took place at a North Slappey Boulevard business.

Mekory Crawford, 27, has been charged with robbery by sudden snatching in connection to a burglary that took place about 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at Bio Buzz, a business styled after 1970s head shops.

Crawford was picked up at 7:16 p.m. Monday at Big Lots on North Slappey Boulevard, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department.

Initial reports said that a man walked into Bio Buzz to buy a cigarette or bum some money and ended up stealing two tip jars from the counter. The man then left the scene on foot heading east from the rear of the establishment.

He was described a man with a dark complexion, 25-30 years old, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, and wearing a white shirt with khaki pants and a blue sweater over his shoulder.

At 7:45 p.m. Monday, officials said they had a person of interest in custody. Crawford’s name was released a few hours later.

Bio Buzz was the site of a police raid earlier this year. After a year’s surveillance of the store, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit officers raided the business in October. Officers confiscated what they said were illegal bath-salt drugs and 10 one-gallon plastic bags of a green leafy substance that they believed to be an illegal substance known as “spice.”

Spice is the street name for a marijuana substitute that is a Schedule I controlled substance. The other suspected drugs fall into a bath-salt family that has been illegal in Georgia since May, and nationally since Sept. 7.

The business is owned by Stephen Bradford, who was charged with felony drug possession, Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry said in October.

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