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Police: Robbery suspects could be connected to gun store burglary

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

It could be the break investigators were waiting for.

On Tuesday morning, Lexington Police arrested two people for two overnight robbery attempts.

18-year-old Pedro McKee and a juvenile now face several charges. Police say they're still looking for a third person, also a juvenile.

Investigators say all three could also be connected to a brazen burglary last week, where a stolen car was driven into a Lexington gun shop.

Around 1 Tuesday morning, Lexington Police responded to the Shell gas station at New Circle Road and Broadway for an attempted robbery.

About 30 minutes later, they were called to another attempted robbery at the Walgreens on Richmond Road.

A clerk at the Walgreens said it appeared the robber was having trouble with the gun, got scared, then ran off.

Soon, police were able to catch up with him.

"A customer followed the suspect out, called police, gave us information that he was walking behind the old mall, and officers converged and quickly arrested that suspect," Lexington Police Lt. Edward Hart said.

Police say the gun found on that suspect was one stolen from Sling Point Firearms, on New Circle Road, last week.

"They did confirm that they got a weapon that they're quite sure was one of the weapons taken from our shop," Jason Randall, of Sling Point Firearms, said. "If that's a fact, then that's three weapons that the Lexington Police Department has recovered out of the nine (stolen)."

A witness at Walgreens also told police he saw a car honking its horn while the suspect was running.

Officers followed that car and the driver and passenger bailed out.

Police arrested the driver, but the passenger got away.

Police say the car was stolen Monday morning from Simba Way.

McKee, who just turned 18 last week, is now charged with two counts of robbery, receiving stolen property, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Investigators are now looking into the possibility the three suspects could be connected to the break-in at Sling Point Firearms.

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