Police arrest drive-through robbery suspect

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.

An Alachua County man has been arrested on accusations he robbed a pizza restaurant after pulling up to the drive-thru window.

The hold-up was reported around 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the PizzaVito restaurant at 16091 NW U.S. 441 in Alachua, according to the Alachua Police Department.

Witnesses said a man drove up to the window and told the employee working there to hand over all the money or be shot. Police said the robber also told the employee, “Don’t be a hero.”

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After being handed an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber fled in a maroon Dodge. Police said they got a tip that the Dodge was heading toward Travelers Campground at 17701 April Blvd. The first officers to reach the campground found the Dodge abandoned and spotted the man believed to have been driving it running toward the back of the campground.

High Springs police and a K-9 unit from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office joined the search, and the canine and his handler apprehended the man a short time later, police said.

Matthew Prose, 22, of 22470 NW 175th Place in High Springs, was arrested on charges of armed robbery and resisting arrest. He remained Monday in the Alachua County jail with a bond of $30,000.

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