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Flip flops lead police to suspect

A 21-year-old Marlow man accused of robbing a convenience store while wearing flip flops in January was bound over for trial Friday in Stephens County District Court.

Holden Blake Pair pleaded not guilty in Stephens County District Court to a felony charge of first-degree robbery, court records indicate. If convicted, he faces no less than 10 years in prison, according to state statutes.

It was a pair of flip flops that investigators have said enabled them track Pair down. 

Pair is accused of robbing a Love's Convenience Store, 811 N. Broadway in Marlow, in late January while armed with a .22-caliber rifle, according to court documents. Marlow police were able to arrest Pair after a succession of tips and leads  including his wearing of flip-flop sandals during the commission of the crime  led investigators his direction. Because of the footwear, police believed the man didn't go far to commit the crime.

The robber walked into the store wearing a mask, pointed the rifle at the clerk and demanded all the money in the register  less than $100. A series of tips and leads led Marlow investigators to their suspect.

Pair is scheduled to begin jury trial at 9 a.m. Aug. 18.

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