Alleged Robber Arrested

Philadelphia police have arrested Laurie W. Howard, 27, of Valley, Alabama, for two robberies in March 2002.

Howard waived extradition Friday and was brought back to Philadelphia by Officer Richard Sistrunk and Kevin Baysinger.

Sistrunk said media reports about the robberies on and the online version of the Neshoba Democrat newspaper, prompted a call from an out-of-state resident who had information about the crimes.

Howard is in the Neshoba County Jail. Sistrunk said Police Chief James Bryan of the Valley, Alabama, Police Department, and his investigator Ron Docimo were instrumental in closing the investigation.