TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble / staff writer
The man jailed earlier this week for 1st degree robbery charges in Laurel County has admitted to robbing a store in Barbourville earlier this month.
Shawn Stehlin, 32, of Lily made the admission Thursday afternoon after he was questioned by officers from the Barbourville Police Department and detectives from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.
Barbourville police Det. Steve Owens said Friday that during the questioning, Stehlin confessed to robbing the Barbourville store, and fleeing the scene in a maroon Chevy Trailblazer sport utility vehicle.
The robbery occurred on April 9, at the Tobacco Shop on U.S. 25E in Barbourville.
In that robbery, Stehlin walked up to the drive-through window, pulled out and aimed a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. Stehlin then left the scene on foot with more than $1,000 in cash. At that time, Barbourville police were also looking for a Chevy Trailblazer that could possibly be linked to the robbery.
Because of the Barbourville robbery, Stehlin will be charged with 1st degree robbery. His driver of the Trailblazer, Darla McCormick, 46, of Gray, will be charged with 1st degree criminal facilitation to commit robbery.
Both Stehlin and McCormick remain jailed in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.
They remain in jail because of other robberies in Laurel County earlier this month and late March. According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, both the Knox and Laurel grand juries will likely hear evidence in regards to Stehlin’s potential involvement in them
On Tuesday, Stehlin was arrested after a robbery at Brock’s Tobacco Store, located on KY 229 at KY 1189, south of Levi Jackson State Park. His arrest came after McCormick was arrested at a small grocery store by Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott.
In the Brock’s robbery, Laurel County Sheriff John Root reported that a lone gunman wearing a pantyhose mask and armed with a pistol entered the store, robbing it of an undisclosed amount of cash. The gunman ran into the parking lot where a Chevy Trailblazer driven by McCormick waited for him. A witness followed the vehicle, and was able to get the license plate number.
After McCormick was arrested, investigators learned she apparently dropped off the suspect at his mother’s home. Parrott and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter went to the house where Stehlin was found hiding under the bed. After a brief scuffle with police, he was arrested.
Stehlin is also considered a suspect in a southern Laurel County robbery on March 29. That’s when a clerk on duty at Unique Tanning and Gifts on U.S. 25W in unincorporated North Corbin was robbed by a lone gunman.