Convenience store robber arrested

Officers arrested Phillip J. Masters, 32, for robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action.

Columbia authorities arrested a man Wednesday for a convenience store robbery in April.Officers arrested 32-year-old Phillip J. Masters for robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action. Bond has not been set. The robbery happened at about 1:30 a.m. on April 26 at the Break Time at 1410 Forum Blvd.Officers said later that day, at about 7:15 a.m., they were called to the 1900 block of Jackson Street in reference to a man slumped over the steering wheel of a gold minivan.When officers got there, they found Masters behind the wheel. They took him to the police station for a driving while intoxicated investigation, but he was later released.Later that afternoon, at about 1 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Radcliffe Drive.Police said a resident reported finding a black handgun, black knit cap and a black t-shirt wrapped up in a dark sweatshirt next to the residentâ??s mailbox.On Wednesday, investigators contacted Masters's roommate, who was missing his handgun that investigators had recovered near the mailbox. This ultimately led them to Masters.