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Published: January 14, 2020


OFFICERS WITH THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A REPORTED ROBBERY EARLY THIS MORNING (TUESDAY) IN THE AREA OF NORTH COURT STREET. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 1:45 AM WHEN A MALE WHO WAS LEAVING A BUSINESS WAS APPROACHED BY A MALE ASKING FOR MONEY. THE MALE ADVISED HE WILLINGLY GAVE THE MALE THREE DOLLARS. THE SUSPECT NOT SATISFIED, THEN ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHED A KNIFE AND DEMANDED MORE. THE VICTIM REFUSED AND THE MALE FLED. OFFICERS LOCATED THE SUSPECT, IDENTIFIED AS 29 YEAR OLD DUSTIN JAMES BURNS, A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE CRIME. JAMES WAS CHARGED WITH ROBBERY IN THE 1ST DEGREE AND TRANSPORTED, WITHOUT INCIDENT, TO THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON BOND TOTALING SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.