Friday, March 14, 2003

Man arrested in convenience store heists

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT WRIGHT - A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night in Cincinnati, suspected in two convenience-store robberies in Northern Kentucky.

Jeffrey P. Smith is charged with first-degree robbery in the Sunday robbery of AmeriStop Food Mart in Crescent Springs. Detective Michael Knight of Fort Wright police said Smith used a knife in the robbery and cleared out the safe and cash register.

Authorities did not say how much cash was taken.

Charges are pending against Smith in a Tuesday robbery of another AmeriStop Food Mart in Fort Wright. In that robbery, the suspect had a .45-caliber handgun.

Each robbery count carries a 15- 20-year prison term.

Knight said police identified Smith as a suspect because he worked at the Crescent Springs convenience store and employees reportedly recognized him.

Smith was arrested at the Fulton Manor Hotel in Walnut Hills. Smith pleaded guilty to robbery in 1994 in Hamilton County and was sentenced to five to 15 years, Ohio records show.

Jane Prendergast contributed to this story.


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