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.