Cumberland Valley Crimestoppers offers reward in string of robberies

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says Cumberland Valley Crime Stoppers is now offering a one thousand dollar reward... in the case.

So far, police have not made any arrests.

In the last two weeks, a BP Gas Station, a Shell Station, and a tobacco store in the Corbin area have all been robbed at gunpoint.

The BP station was robbed twice.

CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - They've all happened in a busy part of Laurel County, and in one case, police were right around the corner.

Three of the robberies took place just off exit 29 of Interstate 75.

"In one of the robberies we were less than a minute and a half away, so far the robber has been lucky, but we feel his luck is about to run out," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel Co. Sheriffs Office.

The question is if the man seen in video at the BP station and in a surveillance photo at the Shell station next door is the same guy.

"We're looking to see if the robber has a partner or if this is a copycat," said Acciardo , who questions if someone has heard about the other robberies and tried the same thing himself.

In the BP robbery the man has a beard or a goatee, but he's almost completely covered in the Shell hold up.

"He had a sweat shirt on, a jacket with a hood, bandana wrapped around that," said Acciardo.

In all three gas station crimes and the hold up at a tobacco store, the thief simply points a semi-automatic pistol at the clerk and demands money. No one was harmed and police say the subject did not get away with a large amount of money.

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