Man indicted in Portland market robbery

Michael Little

Michael Little of Gallatin has been indicted by a Sumner County Grand Jury on two counts of robbery and one felony count of theft after an investigation identified Little as the suspect in a short-lived crime spree that included the Dec. 4, 2015 robbery of Panther Market, located on the corner of S. Broadway and Fountainhead Road.

The Gallatin Police Department worked closely with the Portland Police Department after the getaway vehicle was found in Gallatin with a bank bag and some of the money believed to have been stolen from Panther Market.

According to then Portland Chief of Police Richard Smith, the clerk at Panther Market was counting out the cash drawer when the suspect snatched the deposit bag and took off. The vehicle he was driving headed southbound on State Route 109.

As part of the GPD's investigation, Little, age 40, was also identified in the Gallatin Wal-Mart robbery of a 70-year-old woman's purse just a short time earlier on Dec. 4. In an interview, Little confessed to stealing the purse and using the money "to buy dope," according to an affidavit of complaint filed at the Sumner County Courthouse.

Little was also identified in the theft of a laptop computer and jewelry from a Gallatin woman several weeks earlier.

The Panther Market clerk identified Little in a police line-up and Little was then arrested and booked into the Sumner County Jail on Dec. 6, 2015. A composite bond was set at $75,000.

A settlement date has been set for 9 a.m. on May 5 in Sumner County Criminal Court.

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