Store clerks held at gunpoint while man robs store

Published 1:51 pm Thursday, February 2, 2023

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STANFORD – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is currently working to locate the man who robbed Leach’s Mart at gunpoint and made off with two cash registers full of money.

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It was about 8:50 p.m. when a man pulled into the parking lot of Leach’s Mart, located at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ky. Hwy. 501, driving what deputies believe was a green or gray colored Lexus RX 350.

At the time, there were two other vehicles at the store. They both left the premises at about 8:58 p.m., according to Sheriff Shawn Hines.

Two minutes later, the man from the Lexus entered the store, covered head-to-toe in black, pointed a gun at two store clerks and began emptying cash registers.

Hines said the man first pointed the gun at the clerk closest to the door and walked him to the back before forcing the other store clerk to the ground.

“The cash registers were open and he emptied two cash registers and then fled back to his car,” he said.

The car was parked outside of camera view, Hines said, but after reviewing surveillance video deputies were able to determine the vehicle was between a 2016 to 2019 Lexus RX 350.

Both store workers, who were assaulted before the man exited the store, were taken to the emergency room with non life-threatening injuries, Hines said.

They were released at about 3 a.m. that morning.

“They were visibly shaken up,” he said. “They were assaulted upon his leaving, after he got the money, he did assault both of them.”a

Photos of the suspect robbing the store were posted to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office facebook page. Deputies said some things that stood out were the camouflaged sandals the man was wearing, as well as the socks and Under Armour joggers.

Hines said the owner of the store, who was on scene following the incident, estimated about $4,350 was stolen from the two cash registers.

Hines said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can contact Deputy Logan Smith, who is overseeing the case, or the Sheriff’s Office at 606-365-2696.