By Carl Keith Greene/Staff Writer
It took local law enforcement agencies about 45 minutes Wednesday night to apprehend five involved in the armed robbery of a grocery store and gas station south of London.
At about 10 p.m., as the clerk was locking up the Speedy Mart at KY 229’s intersection with Conley Road about five miles south of London, a man walked to the door wearing a white bandana on his face, said Laurel Sheriff Fred Yaden.
Brandishing a gun he pulled the door open and demanded of the clerk money and a carton of Marlboro cigarettes.
The clerk turned the money and cigarettes over to the man who went to a white sport utility vehicle waiting at the side of the store, in which he fled.
Law enforcement officers were notified within minutes of the incident and were on the road looking for the SUV.
Roads around the store were immediately patrolled including Conley Road, KY 80 east of London and KY 229.
Conley Road connects 80 and 229.
Agencies from Clay and Knox counties were also notified to monitor 80 and 229.
As the search spread out, about 10:45 p.m. London Police Sgt. Travis Hurley saw what turned out to be the crime vehicle on Falls Street in London.
He stopped it near the street’s dead end at Kentucky Heritage Hills Park, formerly known as the Party Barn.
When Hurley questioned the passengers he decided it might be the get-away car and called for the detectives of the city/county major crimes task force.
As the investigation continued about $1,000 and a carton of Marlboros were found on the SUV’s passengers and driver.
Arrested were Zacharus Bishop, 21, and Justin Lynch, 18, both of Echo Valley Road, Lily, and Michael Gregory, 18, of Roark Road in London.
They were taken to the Laurel County jail at about 3 a.m.
Also arrested were two juveniles, 16 and 17 years old.
All five were charged with first-degree robbery. The 16-year-old was also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Arraignment was set for Friday (today) in Laurel District Court.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the chase included the Laurel Sheriff’s Dept., the London Police Dept. and the Kentucky State Police.
By Carl Keith Greene/Staff Writer
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