Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Armed robber forces 4 to strip

Suspect flees Covington business with diamond, gold chains, $900

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — Three employees and a business owner were forced to disrobe at gunpoint during a robbery Saturday, according to Lt. Col. Jim Lyles of Covington police.

        Employees of A & B Communications, 415 Johnson St., told police a man in his mid-20s with long blonde hair came into the store at approximately 6:30 a.m., held the four people — one female and three males — at gunpoint, and then told them to take off their clothes. The suspect left with $900, two gold chains and a half-carat diamond.

        Lt. Col. Lyles said that it is not determined if the $900 was stolen only from employees or from the store, though at least one man said money was taken from him. Police are still conducting interviews.

        There was a security camera in the store, but Lt. Col. Lyles said it was unusable for identification.

        An officer also pulled security tapes from a Speedway gas station up the street on the chance that the suspect had stopped there.

        The robber was last seen wearing a gray-hooded sweat shirt and had a bandanna over his face.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Covington police at 292-2202.


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