Bond set at $100K for teen accused of robbing Boaz convenience store

Rickey Powell (Boaz Police)

An Etowah County teen is facing a robbery charge after police received social media tips leading to the suspect.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 3:15 PM

Boaz police say a 16-year-old is behind bars after receiving citizen social media tips about a robbery.

Police sa Rickey Ethan Powell of Rainbow City is charged as an adult with first-degree robbery and fourth-degree theft in connection to a Dec 29 robbery at a convenience store located on US 431.

Investigators say a Facebook post asking for the public's help led to many tips and an eventual arrest.

Police say Powell told detectives he robbed the convenience store as part of a gang initiation. Police also recovered a weapon they say was used in the robbery near the convenience store.

Powell was arrested Tuesday, and he remains in the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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