Saturday, February 22, 2003

Four arrested in armed holdup of video store



By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Flinker

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Ahonen

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Wakelam

BURLINGTON - Boone County sheriff's deputies have arrested four men under the age of 20 in connection with an armed robbery of a Boone County video rental store.

Nineteen-year-olds Mitchem A. Ahonen and Christopher R. Wakelam, both of Burlington, are charged with first-degree robbery. Brian P. Flinker, 19, of Florence and Ryan J. Thibodeaux, 18, of Burlington are charged with complicity to first-degree robbery.

Bond was set at $50,000 for each of the men who were arrested over the last week and taken to the Boone County jail.

Sheriff's spokesman Major Jack Banks said a man walked into Movie Gallery, 6079 Limaburg Road, Feb. 13, pulled a gun, and demanded money.

Banks said Thibodeaux quit his job at the video store two days after the robbery.

"I think it is discouraging when we see young people, or any people for that matter, involved in such a serious crime," Banks said.




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