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Man sentenced for second robbery spree

A 24-year-old man with previous robbery convictions was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in Olmsted County District Court to three convenience store robberies in September in Rochester. 

Brig Thomas Kough of Rochester was accused of robbing Super America gas stations at 5505 U.S. 52 N. and 919 37th St. N.W. on Sept. 8. He also was accused of robbing a Kwik Trip at 3490 55th St. N.W., on Sept. 16.

In addition to imposing the prison time, Judge Joseph Chase ordered Kough to pay $873 in restitution.

Kough was charged in 2006 with the robberies of two Super America stations and one Kwik Trip in Rochester on March 28, 2006. The locations of those stores were different from the ones hit in September. Kough allegedly brandished a knife during the 2006 robberies.

Kough didn't show a weapon during the September robberies, according to court documents, however during one robbery, he kept a hand in a pocket, leading an employee to believe he had a weapon, and during another robbery, he allegedly told an employee "you don't want me to pull out this pistol."

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Kough became a suspect when authorities received anonymous tips after security-camera photos were released to the media after the Sept. 8 robberies. He also allegedly referred to one of the Sept. 8 robberies while robbing Kwik Trip on Sept. 16, telling an employee, "You know about the 55th Street robbery so you know I'm serious."

Kough was given a prison sentence of four years and two months for the 2006 robberies after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. A charge of second-degree aggravated robbery was dismissed.

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