Second man charged in armed robbery of convenience store

Published 3:40 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021

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A second Mount Sterling man was arrested this week for allegedly taking part in a convenience store robbery.

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Cleveland Jones, 65, was arrested Monday for first-degree robbery for allegedly acting as a lookout in the Oct. 25, 2020, robbery.

According to court documents, deputies and detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were called to Fas Mart on Revilo Road after two men entered the store and stole money from the cash drawer.

In November, detectives arrested 38-year-old John Michael Brown of Mount Sterling for first-degree robbery.

Witnesses said Brown and a second person entered the store after paying for $10 in gasoline. While Jones was buying food, Brown allegedly approached the employee as the cash drawer opened. Brown implied he had a weapon, threatened to kill the employee if he moved and grabbed cash from the drawer. Both men then left in a Chrysler sedan.

In his warrant, CCSO Detective Matt Eversole  said he received several tips saying Jones was the lookout. Eversole said he also determined Brown and Jones were at the same rehabilitation facility in Mount Sterling. An employee at the facility identified Jones as the second person, after seeing a photograph in the news.

Jones was arrested Monday at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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