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Arrest Made In Robbery Investigation After Alleged Robber Hits The Same Store Again

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A man is in jail after police say he robbed the same convenience store twice.

The Prestonsburg Tiger Mart in Floyd County was robbed at gunpoint the same way it was robbed last month.

This time police caught the suspect - 43 year old Gregory Hill.

Police say there is no doubt hill is the same guy who robbed the Tiger Mart Tuesday morning and last month, but this time he did not get away.

He told police he was celebrating his birthday, but instead he went to jail!

Tiger Mart clerks say it was the same scene they went through one month ago a man wearing a bandana holds them at gunpoint and demands money.

The clerks did as they were told and got a car description for police.

“They said Tiger Mart was robbed again and it may be the same vehicle because of the description. I said, "You're kidding me." Detective Steve Little said.

Detective Steve Little had looked for that car ever since the first robbery.

This time a Kentucky State Police Trooper spotted it at a motel in Ivel 30 minutes after the hold-up.

“I knew when I saw that white car, that was the car I was looking for,” Detective Little said.

Officers found a bandana in the car and Gregory Hill with the money and a toy gun in the motel room.

A clerk identified Hill as the robber.

“She said, that's him, immediately,” Detective Little said.

Investigators say that Hill wanted fast cash and say he hit the same store again because he got away the first time, but police say Tiger Mart's recent security upgrades helped catch him this time.

“It does make us happy, but it doesn't put my employees at ease. Once this happens once, you kind of have suspicion that it may happen again,” Tiger Mart Store Manager Kyle Smith said.

Little says the first robbery was Hill's daughter's birthday.

This time, it is his birthday.

Officers locked him up on his birthday.

Police say both robberies were pre-meditated.

They arrested another man, James Cyrus, but he is only charged with the robbery last month.

The men will be arraigned Wednesday.
Tiger Mart managers say they are making even more security upgrades to prevent future crimes.


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