Grocery store robbery is under investigation

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police say a man robbed a family owned grocery store in Harlan County and threatened the clerk.

There are no arrests yet.

Police say Saturday afternoon, a man robbed Kay's Grocery on Route 221, just one mile from the Bell County line.

Joseph Letendre's twin sister was manning the family business, Kay's Grocery, alone on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after one o'clock, she was talking to her mom on the phone when a man wearing a mask came in.

"Told her to hang up the phone and she thought he was just playing around. The second time when he told her to hang up the phone, he said, 'or else' and waved his hand, had his hand in his pocket. So she hung up the phone, and he asked for the money," said Letendre.

Police say the robber got away with several hundred dollars. The clerk said he left in a pick-up truck driving towards Bell County.

The family has run the business for 16 years and know just about everyone in the community, but they say that have never seen the suspect before.

"We are urging the public to try and assist in this case, to do the right thing, and if you know this individual, contact Post 10 so we can get this individual in jail," said Trooper Shane Jacobs, Kentucky State Police.

The family says they may have lost money, but they are thankful their loved one was not hurt during the robbery, and they hope whoever is responsible is caught.

The suspect is described as about six feet, 220 pounds, with blue eyes, and driving a late 1980s or early 1990s blue Toyota single cab truck with pinstripes on it and a Cash Express sign over the license plate.

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