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Hinesville Pizza Hut robbery suspect is denied bond
Hinesville police officers handcuff Christopher Michael Todd, 29, of Hinesville, Saturday after a Pizza Hut was robbed. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

A 29-year-old Hinesville man was denied bond Monday in Magistrate Court in connection with the Saturday armed robbery of a local Pizza Hut.
Hinesville police officers were dispatched to the restaurant at 730 E. Oglethorpe Highway shortly after 11 a.m. after calls were made to 911.

According to police Officer Pat Cochran, as officers arrived on scene, they spotted a man, later identified as Christopher Michael Todd, running from the back of the building.

Cochran said officers pursued the suspect, who jumped into a tan Ford Focus and drove off.

HPD was soon assisted by officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect at times hit speeds of 91 mph on Oglethorpe Highway, turning onto Veterans Parkway, then South Main Street, continuing on to Shaw Road, turning on to Barry McCaffrey Boulevard and on Airport Road before turning into the Pineridge subdivision. He turned left on Loblolly Road, which dead-ends.

The suspect stopped in front of a house, jumped out of the car and ran behind a house.

HPD officers with K-9 assistance chased the man on foot. He was apprehended without further incident. No one was injured.

According to HPD Det. Gail Poulsen, police recovered $134 cash and a weapon. Poulsen said Todd has a criminal history and was therefore denied bond.

According to public records, Todd has prior charges involving the sale, purchase and possession of marijuana.

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