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One arrested in armed robbery at real estate office

Kevin McCormick, 33, of Louisiana, Missouri, was arrested Friday in Moscow Mills, Missouri. (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

One suspect is now in custody in connection with Thursday afternoon's armed robbery at Wayman Realty in Kirksville.

Kevin McCormick, 33, of Louisiana, Missouri, was arrested Friday in Moscow Mills, Missouri. He was found with $489 in cash and a large black-handled knife.

He has been charged with First-Degree Robbery and Armed Criminal Action, both felonies.

McCormick is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on $150,000 cash-only bond.

Kirksville police officers were assisted by witnesses at the scene who noticed the suspicious activity unfolding.

Investigators reported finding a trail of money and other stolen items, including the gas can one of the suspects carried when he entered the business, claiming he needed gasoline.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing people acting suspiciously and took note of the vehicle's license plate number. One witness even saw the suspect drop items, including money and paperwork with Wayman's name on it, before getting into the car.

The witness then gave those items to police.

Another police officer spotted the same suspicious vehicle and got the same license plate number. Authorities were then able to track down the vehicle's owner, who revealed that the owner's son was the one driving the car at the time of the armed robbery.

Law enforcement officers tracked down McCormick in Moscow Mills on Friday, That is where he was arrested.

The robbery happened around 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Wayman Realty in the 1400 block of North Green Street in Kirksville.

Owner Frank Wayman told KTVO exclusively that a man came into his realty business with a gas can, saying he needed to get gasoline.

Wayman said the intruder then asked to use the restroom.

When the man came out of the restroom, he stuck a gun against Wayman's head and demanded to know the combination to the safe.

A second man then entered and held a machete against Wayman's throat.

When the robbers couldn't get the safe open themselves, they made Wayman do it for them.

He told KTVO the men then stole more than $3,000 in cash plus two lock boxes containing personal items, including gold coins.

Wayman said the intruders made him and a friend, who walked in during the ordeal, lie on the floor in a back room of the business while they made their getaway.

Wayman was not injured during the crime.

It's unclear what happened to the second suspect. The investigation continues.

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