Madison man admits to 8 armed robberies with BB gun, police say

A Madison man admitted to eight armed robberies from May 3 to May 21, according to a criminal complaint.

Cody Shell, 17, appeared in court Tuesday on eight charges of armed robbery.

The complaint states that Shell admitted to the following robberies:

  • May 3: Shell gas station, 950 S. Park St.
  • May 6: BP gas station, 5445 University Ave.
  • May 16: Capitol Petro, 4601 Verona Road
  • May 17: BP gas station, 735 E. Washington Ave.
  • May 17: Citgo, 2022 Fordem Ave.
  • May 18: 7-Eleven, 2703 West Beltline Highway
  • May 20: Capitol Petro, 6702 Mineral Point Road
  • May 21: Citgo, 4602 Verona Road

Shell told police he used the same BB gun during each of the robberies.

Police said Monday morning that officers used area surveillance video to identify a getaway car from the Sunday robbery and the description was shared with on-duty officers.

A west district officer spotted the car just after 5 p.m. on Mineral Point Road near Grand Canyon Drive. The car pulled into a parking lot and two people got out. A weapon was found in the car.

Shell was arrested for the Sunday robbery and was considered a person of interest in a series of recent holdups that targeted area gas stations and convenience stores, police said. 

Bail was set at $20,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 6.

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