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February 12, 2014

Search continues for burglars

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Knox County deputies continue their search for at least two suspects who burglarized the Grab N Go convenience store on U.S. 25E in Gray Tuesday.

And they’re seeking the public’s help.

Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks said after the store was closed, two suspects “hit” the store at the intersection of KY-233 and U.S. 25E at 1:30 a.m.

“They went in and disabled the burglar alarm system and the camera system — all but a couple,” Eubanks said. “After that, they waited for about an hour — and then came back.”

Cash was the main thing stolen, he said.

“They broke into a video poker machine, and an ATM machine inside,” Eubanks said, adding that both were damaged during the burglary. “They also tried to get into the safe.”

Eubanks said the investigation has led to possibly a third person involved, driving the vehicle used during the crime.

But there are definitely two suspects — and there’s video evidence to prove it.

Working surveillance cameras captured the images of the two black-masked suspects, one of whom was in what appears to be a hooded blue pullover, the other a gray hooded jacket.

The image from the outside of the store captures the break-in, with both suspects appearing to use some sort of lever to pry open the front doors.

The still photo from the footage from inside the store shows that both suspects appear to be wearing gloves — the blue-jacketed suspect looks to be holding some type of black bag.

Store employee Gary Warhurst, of Gray, said when he came into work Tuesday afternoon he knew something wasn’t right — he worked the night before until close.

“It looks like they pried open the door with a crowbar,” Warhurst said, adding the banking facility already had removed the damaged ATM machine.

The door frame itself was damaged.

He also added that no one was in the store at the time of the burglary and as far as he knew, all they got was cash.

Eubanks said Sheriff John Pickard requests anyone with any information about Tuesday morning’s burglary to contact the lead investigator, Deputy Chad Wagner, at (606) 546-3181, or, if after normal business hours, call (606) 546-3441. Callers may remain anonymous.

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