Store owner and customers fight off robbery suspects

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Whitley County store owner and customers fought back when police say two people tried to rob the business!

Roy and Rebecca Lawson were arrested by police.

They say the pair tried to steal things from Young's Grocery by using some unusual weapons.

Ruth Young says she knew there wasn't something right when this woman walked into her store Tuesday afternoon.

Moments later she saw her steal diapers and feminine products and try to leave.

“She opened two or three packages and I hollered at her,” Ruth Young said.

After they threw the diapers to the floor, they came outside and that's when things got violent.

Young followed them out and called police. Surveillance video captured shocking developments next as the man police say the thief was with attacked Young.

“Then her husband came in and called me something awful. Said we accused his wife of stealing,” Young said.

Store video captured the pair coming and going until some bystanders stepped in to help the couple.

“We just kept telling him to leave, he wouldn't leave and she wouldn't either,” Young said.

Then police say the pair went back to their car for some weapons.

“She went to the car and got an axe handle out, a customer took that away,” Young said.

Police say Rebecca Lawson is even seen taking a rake to an unsuspecting customer's car. It started as a simple shoplifting incident but police have charged the pair with robbery. And the Youngs say they know why it all happened.

“It's drugs, if they weren't drugged up they wouldn't act that way,” Young said.

Young says she suffered a hurt hand and rattled nerves in the ordeal but she and her husband are otherwise fine.

Police say this is the fourth time the Youngs have been either robbed or burglarized in recent weeks.

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