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March 28, 2013

South BP robbed...twice

Two holdups in 3 days

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Police are seeking information of the two-time robber of a BP store in southern Laurel County.

The store, located on Ky. 770 near the I-75 Exit 29 in north Corbin, was the site of two armed robberies, occurring just three days apart.

The first robbery occurred on Friday night around 8:40 p.m. at the BP/Krystal on the BP side. In that incident, a lone male subject came into the store with a semi-automatic pistol and demanded money from the clerk on duty. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money, left the scene on foot, and was not located. The robber is described as a white male between 40 and 50 years old with a gray beard and wearing a blue hoodie, cap, blue jeans, flip flops and socks.

The second robbery, which took place just after 10 p.m. Monday, showed strong similarities to the first robbery. Again, a lone man with a semi automatic pistol entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The robber once again took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. Ironically, the same clerk working the night of the first robbery was again on duty Monday night when the second robbery took place. The clerk told police the robber bore strong similarities to the man in the first robbery, and added the robber probably weighs between 200 and 210 pounds.

The first robbery is being investigated by Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis, with Detective Daryl Zanet leading the investigation into the second incident. Assisting at the scene of the first robbery were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Brett Reeves, Deputy Larry Parrott, Deputy Kevin Berry, Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason McCowan and his K-9, and KSP Sgt. Bill Elliott.

Assisting with the second robbery investigation were Sgt. Chuck Johnson, Deputy Brett Reeves, Deputy Larry Parrott, Deputy Mike Ashhurst, Kentucky State Police Trooper Jack Riley, Trooper Mike King, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Steve Douglas and CVE Officer Rob Mitchell.

Anyone with information on the identity of the armed robber is urged to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 864-6600 or Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.



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