He robbed two stores in about 15 minutes, Gulfport police say

Christopher Ware Powell
Christopher Ware Powell

A man who robbed two Gulfport convenience stores in less than 15 minutes Sunday night is being held on bonds of $300,000, police said.

Police arrested Christopher Ware Powell, 30, after two stores on Lorraine Road reported a man had implied he had a gun and demanded money from their cash registers, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

Circle K, just south of Dedeaux Road, reported a holdup about 7:50 p.m., Fulks said.

The nearby Stuckey’s across the highway reported an armed robbery about 8:04 p.m., he said. The area, just north of Interstate 10, also is known as Mississippi 605.

“It was like he was on foot going door to door,” Fulks said.

Workers at both stores described the suspect, and patrol officers who were checking the area saw Powell and stopped him, Fulks said.

Powell left each store empty-handed, but why he left without getting money wasn’t clear, he said.

Police arrested Powell on two counts of armed robbery and misdemeanor charges of disobeying lawful orders and resisting arrest. He was booked at the Harrison County jail just before 1 a.m. Monday.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set bonds of $150,000 on each charge.

Under state law, implying you have a weapon when you demand money or property qualifies for an arrest on an armed robbery charge.

Armed robbery is punishable by three years to life in prison.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews