Police say couple confessed to summer robbery spree

Police say a husband and wife duo confessed to a summer robbery spree in Floyd County.

Three convenience stores were robbed on July 13th and 14th.
Now 24 year olds Joshua and Velma Blanton are charged with the crimes.

The Blantons turned down our request for a jailhouse interview, but police say both the husband and wife admitted to them they robbed the stores for drug money.

Surveillance video on July 13th shows a man coming into the Prestonsburg Tiger Mart, wearing a bandana, and demanding cash. The same thing happened that week at convenience stores in Minnie and Grethel.

"I always felt like there were two people involved in this crime. He had a driver," said Detective Steve Little, Prestonsburg Police Department.

Police say husband and wife duo, Joshua and Velma Blanton are responsible for the robberies.
Investigators say Joshua Blanton robbed the stores and Velma Blanton drove the getaway car.

"She cooperated with us, and she let us know that she did drive the vehicle and did tell us everything that happened," said Det. Little.
Det. Little says Joshua Blanton also confessed.
"Drugs was involved. I guess they needed money for drugs and that was a quick way to try and get it, and they used poor judgment in an attempt to get the drugs," said Det. Little.

Joshua Blanton was arrested in July. He was recently indicted on robbery charges.
Velma Blanton was recently indicted on complicity charges and arrested on Friday.

Officials say the couple had no criminal history before the three robberies.

"After the first one, the second one, it was a little easier and then even the third one. People do silly things for drugs, you know. They got caught up in it and now they know they got to do whatever they got to do to get their life back," said Det. Little.

They each have two different bonds for the separate charges. Joshua Blanton's bonds are $20,000 and $10,000. Velma Blanton's bonds are $100,000 and $10,000.


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