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Robbery suspect confesses after friends see him in the news

Eric Melvin (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.) Eric Melvin (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
When officers pulled the video from a few days earlier, they found a picture of their suspect and an aquaintance, but it still wasn't clear who he was. So they asked for the public's help. (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.) When officers pulled the video from a few days earlier, they found a picture of their suspect and an aquaintance, but it still wasn't clear who he was. So they asked for the public's help. (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
(Photo source: Biloxi Police Department) (Photo source: Biloxi Police Department)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Sometimes it's good to be recognized as a regular customer. When you're robbing the place, it's not.

Friday, Biloxi Police arrested Eric Scott Melvin, 24, and charged him with the December 17th armed robbery of the MZ Mart on Pass Road.

Investigators reviewing surveillance video from the store say they saw the robber raise his mask momentarily during the hold up. It was enough for the victims to recognize him as a prior customer. When officers pulled the video from a few days earlier, they found a picture of their suspect and an acquaintance, but it still wasn't clear who he was. That's when they turned to the public.

WLOX News posted the surveillance pictures on WLOX.com and our Facebook page Friday morning. Police say within a few hours both men contacted police after receiving calls from their friends saying pictures of them were in the news.

Melvin was questioned and ultimately confessed to the crime.

Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain set Melvin's bond at $100,000.00 for the Armed Robbery charge.

The Biloxi Police Department would like to thank the media and the public for their help in solving this crime.

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