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      Armed robbery accomplice arrested in Columbia

      John Meadows was arrested for three counts of first degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.
      An accomplice to several Columbia armed robberies was arrested Tuesday. Police arrested John Meadows, 44, in connection with an armed robbery on June 25 and two armed robberies on June 26. Columbia Police said at about 2:10 a.m. on June 26, a man entered the Midwest Petroleum located at 101 E. Nifong to rob it. That man has not been arrested yet. While police reviewed the surveillance video, they noticed another man was in the driver's seat of the car waiting for him. John Meadows was identified as the driver and later admitted his involvement in the incident. Police also said Meadows was the driver who stayed in the car during the second robbery that morning about 15-minutes later at the BreakTime at 1410 Forum Boulevard. During their investigation authorities determined Meadows was also the driver in a getaway car during the robbery on June 25 at about 4:50 a.m. at the Petro Mart Convenience Store at 2200 W. Ash Street. Meadows was arrested for three counts of first degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.