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Woman robbed while getting gas

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Pumping gas is usually a pretty safe act, but for one Pikeville woman things did not go as planned.

She was filling up her car at the Super Dollar Gas 'N Go Wednesday afternoon when a man approached her, pulled out a gun, and demanded money.

"The customer then told the subject she did not have any cash on her and he had her sit in the vehicle and he drove away from the scene," said Paul Maynard, Pikeville Public Safety Director.

Police began searching and say they found the suspect, 28-year-old Jeffrey Holbrook, at Walmart allegedly shoplifting. And that's not all.

"The officer on scene noticed that he did have a weapon. Upon checking the weapon, it was discovered that the weapon was stolen," said Maynard.

Holbrook was arrested and charged with first degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property, and theft by unlawful taking.

Gas 'N Go employees say they are shocked this would happen in broad daylight.

"It kind of wonders! But I've asked them to keep an eye on both ends because you never know what's going to happen," said Patricia Johnson, Gas 'N Go Fuel Coordinator.

Officials say times are hard and people are taking desperate measures to get money. They say this type of situation is just one example of how people need to be aware of their surroundings wherever they are.

"Kind of look around for people acting suspicious. Just don't put yourself in a position to become a victim if at all possible," said Maynard.

Johnson agrees.

"Be vigilant because times are tough, and it's understandable," she said.

The victim's name has not been released, but officials say she was not injured.

Holbrook is being held in the Pike County Detention Center. He declined our request for an interview.

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