Laurel County Woman Demands Pills in Attempted Armed Robbery

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The search is over for a woman police say attempted to rob a local pharmacy and demanded prescription pills. Police say 20 year old Shasta Vaughn robbed the Plaza Drug Store on Friday, then kept police on the run for hours.

Police say they were searching for Vaughn when they saw a woman matching a suspect description, riding an ATV. She was able to get away, but not for long, and Vaughn turned herself in early Saturday morning.

Police say Shasta Vaughn entered the Plaza Drug Store just before 5:30 on Friday.

State Trooper Don Trosper says, "She began browsing, so an employee went over and asked if she could help her. At that point in time she did uncover a firearm in her waistband and demanded drugs."

Police say the Laurel county woman left without pills, but witnesses say Vaughn watched the action from her car and tried to steer police off her track.

Local business owner Tamera Reid says, "Went over to the dollar store and had the lady call 911 to tell them there was a guy down here at the pharmacy with a gun."

Before turning herself in, Vaughn lead at police and forestry officials on an ATV chase through a wooded area.

"The person on the 4 wheeler that the sheriff's department was pursuing, did indeed turn out to be the person we were looking for in connection with the robbery," says Trosper.

Trooper Trosper says it's important that people remember, a robbery is not the time to be a hero. He says comply with the robber's demands and call police as soon as possible.

Police say they've seen an increase in robberies in eastern Kentucky, and believe the state of the economy and drug use are part of the reason. But people here in the community hope to see an end to it.

"It's really scary, I'm here late and happening right here, and nothing's really ever happened here in the plaza," says Reid.

Vaughn agreed to an interview, but jail officials would not allow her to speak until an attorney was present.

The owners of the store declined an interview, saying they had plans to spend the day with their family, something they say is more important than ever after Friday's robbery.


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  • by anonymous Location: ky on Sep 9, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    I just hope she does not get off with a slap on the hand. she is dangerous.
  • by jenny Location: london on Sep 8, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    this girl needs help to get off the drugs and she is a mother. to straighten up and raise her little girl,
  • by William Location: seky on Sep 8, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    I blame this on false Prophets, Corrupt courts,and money grubbing Physicians, and People In state Government making laws that has put such a strain on people that they have no one to turn to and act out in desperation This was unheard of in this region 10 years ago. makes you almost say Ohh remember the good ole days of whiskey and beer back when people were just drunks,is there not a place of refuge in laurel county? what about the catholic church ? Sodom Opps London I mean your people are suffering better listen to the still quite voice within cause it seems they is no Love in the land.
  • by beckie Location: corbin on Sep 7, 2008 at 05:19 PM
    does the woman in london have photo that involved with the robbery
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    its bad when they rob a pharmacy for pills. sad life

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