By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A man jailed on first-degree robbery charges may be charged with two other recent robberies in the Tri-County area, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Shawn K. Stehlin, 32, of Lily, was arrested Tuesday after a robbery at Brock’s Tobacco Store, located on KY 229 at KY 1189.
According to Root, the grand juries in both Knox and Laurel counties will likely hear evidence regarding Stehlin’s potential involvement in at least two other robberies.
On April 9, Barbourville Police requested the public’s help concerning a robbery at The Tobacco Shop on U.S. 25E. They hoped to identify the man seen in surveillance video taken during the robbery, which shows a man about 5 feet, 6 to 9 inches tall.
In that robbery, the suspect approached the drive-through window on foot, drew and aimed a semi-automatic handgun, and demanded cash, according to Barbourville Police Detective Steve Owens.
That suspect fled on foot with more than $1,000. He was also described as a thinly-built white male, with either a short beard or goatee, wearing a black hoodie. At that time, police were also seeking a Chevrolet Trailblazer possibly connected with the robbery.
Stehlin may also be the suspect in the March 29 robbery of Unique Tanning and Gifts, which is on U.S. 25W near U.S. 25E. In that robbery a lone gunman robbed the clerk on duty.
Stehlin’s arrest Tuesday came after an alleged accomplice, 46-year-old Darla McCormick, of Gray, was arrested at a small grocery store by Laurel Deputy Larry Parrott.
According to Root, a lone gunman sporting a pantyhose mask and armed with a pistol entered Brock’s and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money.
The man ran into the parking lot, where a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a female accomplice waited.
A witness followed the Chevrolet, and got the license plate number.
After arresting McCormick, investigators learned she had allegedly dropped off the suspect at his mother’s home.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Parrott went to the residence, where Stehlin was arrested after a brief scuffle with police. Root said he was found hiding under the bed.
Root said earlier this week Stehlin may also be the suspect in the attempted robbery of the Wildcat Tobacco Store Monday. The sheriff said during that attempt, a lone gunman entered the store to rob it but was “scared off.”
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
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