Veteran pleads guilty in 2 December gas station robberies

2014-07-28T18:00:00Z 2014-07-29T17:20:15Z Veteran pleads guilty in 2 December gas station robberiesBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A veteran who reportedly told police he robbed two gas stations in December because he needed the adrenaline rush pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of robbery.

Joshua Boyd Harris, 25, appeared before District Judge Gregory R. Todd and admitted that he robbed the Holiday gas station at 790 S. Billings Blvd. and the Town Pump at 3150 King Ave. W., on Dec. 4.

Court records say he robbed the Holiday gas station at about 4 a.m. and the Town Pump about 40 minutes later.

In both cases, a man entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing.

In the second robbery, a clerk said the gunman ordered him to kneel facing a wall and count to 100 before leaving with cash and cigarettes.

Early in the investigation, a police detective spoke with a woman who said she thought she had talked to the suspect prior to the robbery at the Holiday gas station.

The woman said the man had told her his first name was “Josh” and

that he has had a hard time since

coming back from the war in

Afghanistan.

On Dec. 12, a police detective spoke with a woman who identified Harris as the suspect from surveillance images provided to local media, court records state.

The detective phoned Harris, who was driving to California at the time, and convinced the man to return to Billings, the records say.

Harris said in a statement to police that he robbed the stores because he needed the adrenaline rush.

Harris was entered into the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court in February.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20. Robbery carries a sentence of between two and 40 years prison.

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