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October 16, 2012

Police Roundup - Oct.16, 2012

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Laurel pizza deliveryman gets robbed

A pizza deliveryman was the victim of a robbery Sunday night in Laurel County, and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the person who did it.

It happened at 8:45 p.m. on Thompson Poynter Road, just west of London, according to Sheriff John Root. Deputies responded to the complaint, and found that a man delivering pizzas for Papa John’s Pizza in London had allegedly been robbed at knifepoint by another man.

Deputies report the deliveryman had pulled off the road to set his GPS device for a delivery, when a lone man grabbed his arm and pulled him out of the car. The man held a knife to the deliveryman’s neck and robbed him of his wallet as well as the wallet furnished by Papa John’s before the suspect left the scene on foot.

The deliveryman suffered cuts to his arm as a result of the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6-feet-tall, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Deputy Greg Turner investigated the robbery, and was assisted by deputies Steve Hoskins and Josh Scott. The investigation continues by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.

If you have any information about the suspect, his identity, or about the case, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office in London at 606-864-6600. Callers can remain anonymous.

London woman arrested for cold checks

A Laurel County resident is behind bars after being arrested Monday afternoon for writing five cold checks totaling $12,340.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department reported Joetta Benge, 40, of London, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. by Sheriff’s Detective/U.S. Marshall Warrant Task Force Officer Jason Back. She was arrested on four warrants regarding five charges of theft by deception.

The cold check amounts were $9,339.80, $2,100, $493.23, $387.50 and $19.38.

Those who fell victim to the cold checks included the Knox County Clerk and some businesses in the area.

Benge is jailed in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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