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Police Search For Armed Robbers

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Police are looking for two men they say robbed a Breathitt County grocery at gunpoint.
The owner talks to WYMT about what happened in hopes of bringing those responsible to justice.

S.C. Turner Grocery is well-known in the small town of Altro, and customers we talked to were shocked to hear that two white men disguised in bandanas, sunglasses, and hats robbed it Monday. The owner tells us one of the men pointed a gun at the clerk who was in the store alone, and took a billfold with four to five thousand dollars in cash and checks.

Owner Silas Chris Tuner says, "One of them reached around and got the billfold, and he ran. The other one stayed for just a second. She was sitting doing a crossword puzzle, and she pulled the book over her head, and he left."

Turner says the men didn't bother to take money from the cash register. The clerk believes one of the men had come in just a half hour earlier to buy cigarettes, and she noticed him leaning over counter looking down here, where the billfold was.

"They knew the store. They knew where to look and where to find it at," says Turner.

The clerk wasn't hurt but she's five months pregnant, and told us over the phone she's pretty shaken up.

Brenda White, who shops here almost daily, says, "It was really scary because someone being pregnant and having to go through that, you know I felt for her."

Turner wants the billfold back even more than the money.

He explains, "The billfold was my uncle's, and he's passed away now. I would like to have my billfold back."

Turner is also a pastor, and says he wants justice. He says he forgives the men responsible.

"It's just two people that made a bad decision. I have to forgive, because if I don't forgive them, my heavenly father won't forgive me," he says.

So far police have not made any arrests.

Turner tells us there is no surveillance video of the crime. If you have any information, call state police in Hazard at 606-435-6069.


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