TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

April 18, 2013

Two suspects jailed after Laurel tobacco store robbery


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two suspects were jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center after a robbery at Brock’s Tobacco Store Tuesday.

Shawn K. Stehlin, 32, of Lily, and Darla McCormick, 46, of Gray, both face first-degree robbery charges and remain jailed under $25,000 cash bonds.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Charlie Loomis investigated the robbery at the store, located on KY 229 at KY 1189.

According to Root, a lone gunman sporting a pantyhose mask and armed with a pistol entered Brock’s.

The gunman robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male gunman fled the store into the parking lot, where a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a female accomplice awaited.

According to Root, a witness followed the Chevrolet, and got the license plate number.

The witness followed the suspect vehicle a short distance from the scene to a car wash, where the vehicle was reportedly hidden in one of the car wash bays.

Armed with the vehicle information, sheriff’s deputies took to the streets. Root said Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, deputies Larry Parrott and Robbie Grimes, and off-duty deputies Captain Rodney Van Zant and Deputy Josh Scott searched for the suspect.

A short time later, Parrott discovered the vehicle on KY 552 in Lily near a small grocery store.

McCormick, who was driving the vehicle, was subsequently arrested.

Root said further investigation revealed McCormick had dropped the gunman off at his mother’s home on KY 552.

Poynter and Parrott went to the residence, where they found the suspected gunman.

According to Root, Stehlin hid under a bed in his mother’s home, and after a scuffle, he was arrested.

Root said all the money stolen was recovered at the residence.

He added that Detective Charlie Loomis and Parrott located the pistol used in the robbery.

Root explained that McCormick showed deputies where Stehlin allegedly threw the gun from the vehicle — it was on KY 1189 near U.S. 25, not far from the scene of the robbery.

Besides first-degree robbery, Stehlin also faces charges of menacing and resisting arrest.

Stehlin is also suspected in an attempted robbery of the Wildcat Tobacco Store on KY 80 East at 8 p.m. Monday.

Root said in that robbery attempt, a lone gunman entered to rob it, but got scared off.

That suspect fled on foot and was not located. Stehlin is also considered a “person of interest” in other recent area robberies.

Loomis, Detective Daryl Zanet, Lt. Chuck Johnson, Poynter and Deputy Kevin Berry investigated this robbery. Loomis continues his investigation into Tuesday’s robbery.