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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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