After a tip from the public led police to arrest a man in connection with the March 7 robbery of a local gas station, his fingerprints on a pastry package tied him to two other robberies, police say.

John Rockins, 52, was arrested Thursday in the March 7 robbery of the Mobil On the Run gas station at 875 Skyline Drive after a tipster identified him from surveillance video.

"At the time, he was also a suspect in the Conoco robberies that took place Feb. 27 and March 5," Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said.

The clerk who was working during both robberies at Conoco said the man who robbed the store came in on Feb. 27 before the robbery, picked up a cinnamon roll and put it back down before leaving the store without buying anything.

"The fingerprint from the cinnamon roll wrapper came in after he was arrested [Thursday], it helped further tie him to one of the Conoco station robberies," Woodruff said.

In all three robberies, police say Rockins indicated to the clerks that he had a gun and demanded money.

Rockins was released from prison in November "after serving time for similar crimes," Woodruff said.

Rockins was being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond as of Saturday afternoon.

He faces three counts of aggravated robbery.

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