Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Man held on suspicion of eight holdups

By Amanda York
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A man suspected of robbing eight convenience stores in Northern Kentucky since early March is being held in the Kenton County Jail under $50,000 bond.

        Covington police arrested Kevin Shegog, 44, of Covington last weekend and charged him with seven counts of robbery in the first degree.

        Mr. Shegog has since been charged with the May 28 robbery of a BP Gas Station in Highland Heights, bringing the total counts to eight, according to Detective Mike McGuffey of the Covington Police Department.

        Detective McGuffey said Tuesday that Florence police suspect Mr. Shegog may also have been involved in four robberies in that Boone County city. Attempts to reach Florence police officials for comment were unsuccessful.

        In Covington, Mr. Shegog is charged with four robberies at three Ameristops, and one robbery each at Blockbuster Video, Dollar General Store and a BP gas station.

        In each instance, the robber entered the stores wearing a ski mask, went behind the counter and implied he had a weapon.

        “I believe, from the videos I've seen, that he's going to be responsible for, if not all, then at least some” of the robberies in Covington, Detective McGuffey said.

        In most of the robberies, Detective McGuffey said, the robber threatened employees by saying, “Let's make this a robbery and not a homicide.” No one was harmed.

        Highland Heights Detective Robert Thomas said he contacted the Florence and Covington police after the May 28 BP robbery. Police said a witness who was at the BP Gas Station on U.S. 27 near Northern Kentucky University reported the license plate number of the robber's vehicle.

        The car, a 1999 green Ford Taurus, led police to Mr. Shegog.

        He was arraigned in Kenton District Court and is scheduled to appear June 13 for a preliminary hearing.

        Robbery in the first degree is a felony that carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

        Detective McGuffey said police are investigating whether the robber acted alone.


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