By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The quick action of a store employee squashed an attempted robbery of yet another south Laurel business.
In a scene similar to other armed robberies centered in a business section off Exit 29 in north Corbin, a lone male subject entered a store, brandished a pistol and demanded money from the clerk at Love’s Truck Stop on Thursday night.
But unlike the other robberies at the BP/Krystal, the potential thief was scared away without getting any loot.
This was due to the attendant yelling that a robbery was taking place, alerting other attendants of the danger and causing the robber to flee the store. Running out the front door from which he entered, the man was spotted leaving the scene in a small pickup headed west on Ky. 770.
The robber is described as a white male, tall, medium build, and was wearing a blue Nike sweatshirt, dark colored hoodie, khaki pants, tan boots and a blue bandana. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the robbery, said the description is similar to the person involved in an attempted robbery of Lakeside Shell, which is located in the same vicinity.
The Lakeside Shell robbery was thwarted when employees locked the doors and the would-be robber ran away on foot.
Surveillance videos of the robberies are being collected and will be released to the public to solicit their help in identifying the robber.
Detective Charlie Loomis is heading the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brett Reeves, Deputy Shawn Boroviak, Deputy Josh Scott and troopers from the London Post 11 of the Kentucky State Police.
Anyone with information on the robber or the attempted robbery is urged to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000. Callers and any information given will remain confidential.