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Argued June 1, 2001

Responding to an anonymous tip that a particular Amoco gas station was about to be robbed, police responded to the station and saw Jefferson emerging from a fenced enclosure that permitted access to the cashier’s office. They stopped and detained Jefferson until the cashier identified him as the person who had just attempted to take money and cigarettes from the office without authorization. Upon his subsequent arrest, appellant was searched and money was found on him that, along with the identification by the cashier, formed the basis for his later conviction of second-degree theft.

Jefferson contends on appeal that the police lacked reasonable articulable suspicion justifying his detention, and that the trial court therefore erred in denying his motion to suppress the identification and the fruits of the resulting search of his person. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.

 
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