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Grocery store robbed at gunpoint

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

GATLIFF, Ky. (WYMT) - Whitley county Sheriff's Deputies are following leads after a family owned grocery store was robbed.

Deputies say Young's Grocery in Gatliff was held-up at gunpoint around 6:30 p.m. on December 30th.

Ruth Young, her husband, and son were working in their family-owned grocery store at the time of the robbery.

"They came bursting through the door all at once," said Ruth Young.

She says two men with their faces covered came in with guns.

"I thought it was some of the guys around here acting a fool, but when he got there, he said, 'We're here to rob you, we're going to rob you,'" Young said.

She said one man put a gun to her son's head and made him get on the floor.

"It really scared me. Seemed like everything quivered," she said.

She said the other man took the cash from the register, a gun behind the counter, and cigarettes.

Investigators say a customer coming in saw the men get into a car with three women in the backseat and drive away.

"We're devoting all of our resources with other agencies in the apprehension of these individuals," said Sheriff Colan Harrell.

The sheriff asks anyone with information on the suspects or the robbery to report it.

"I would consider them dangerous," Sheriff Harrell said.

"I just hope they get them, and if they do, I'm going to press every charge against them. I don't figure I'll ever get my money back," said Young.

The Youngs say this is the store's only robbery in the 48 years they have been open.

The two robbers are described as one approximately 5 foot 9 nine inches tall weighing about 210 pounds and the other as 6 foot and weighing approximately 170 pounds.

Witnesses were able to describe one of the females as having a lip ring in the lower right lip and black nail polish. Witnesses say the car was a white four-door Grand Prix.

Anyone with information can contact the Whitley County Sheriff's Department at 606-549-6006 or Whitley County Dispatch at 606-549-6017.

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