Robbery increase has police speculating

Another robbery was added to Eastern Kentucky's long list last night.

Police say Ramey's Qwik Stop was targeted along with several other convenience stores in the area.

Drugs and the bad economy are the only reasons police have as to why there has been a recent increase of robberies in Eastern Kentucky.

Ramey's Qwik Stop near the Knott/Perry line is the most recent store on Eastern Kentucky's robbery hit list.

"We've had a gun behind the counter for the last year because the crime has increased so much," said Kevin Ramey, the store owner.

A crime that hurts local businesses and people when a weapon is used.

Police say they can only speculate on why there has been a spike in robberies.

"There's definitely an increase. And once again, determining the issue behind that increase is, like I said, I think it's the economy. I think people have drug habits they're trying to support," said Tony Watts, a state police trooper.

Police are asking for the public's help to stop the robbing spree in Eastern Kentucky.

"Just try to notice what they are wearing and which direction they are traveling. Try to get as much of a description as you can," said Trooper Watts.

Police say the smallest detail can tip them off in the right direction.

"The simplest thing that you may not think means anything to the investigation may make the investigation wide open," said Trooper Watts.

But just like every other business owner who is robbed, Ramey is confident in police.

"They'll catch whoever it was," said Ramey.

Which is what police are hoping to do to all of the suspected robbers in the area.

Ramey's Qwik Stop robber is said to be a man with a thin body build, who is approximately 5'6" wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and was last seen in a red Pontiac Grand AM heading north on Highway 15.

Please call state police in Hazard at 606-435-6069 if you have any information.


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