Sheriff’s office asks for help with ID in attempted robbery

Lyon County Sheriff Brent White is asking the public for help in identifying individuals allegedly involved in two recent crimes.

His deputies and Kentucky State Police responded to a 911 call just before 2 p.m. Saturday of an attempted armed robbery at Molloy’s Korner convenience store at the intersection of Kentucky highways 93 and 274 at Confederate in southern Lyon County.

The investigation revealed a white male with a thin build, approximately 5 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie and sunglasses allegedly entered the business, brandishing a knife and demanding all the cash in the register.

The clerk refused and allegedly struck the individual in the head with a credit card reader. A struggle ensued, with the offender allegedly attempting to stab or cut the clerk. The clerk was unharmed and the individual fled on foot, after seeing a surveillance camera. He last was seen leaving the parking lot, walking south on Ky. Highway 274.

In the other incident, two occupants of a small body, loud exhaust pick-up truck are sought for attempted burglary of a residence on Perry Springs Road in the Old Eddyville area minutes after 8 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone who has information regarding either of these crimes or can identify the offenders is asked to call 270-388-2311 or 270-388-0911.

Deputies make arrest after armed robbery call

Lyon County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery 911 call Friday at a Kuttawa business near I-24. They quickly determined that the alleged suspects had fled in their vehicle, which was seen entering the I-24 eastbound on-ramp.

Deputies Joe Witherspoon and Seth P’Pool reviewed numerous security and surveillance video from area businesses and conducted interviews with management and front line employees.

One of the cashier-employees told police that an unidentified dark-skinned male brandished a handgun and demanded the money in the cash register before leaving the business with the stolen cash in the suspect’s vehicle.

Deputies said they determined the cashier of the business falsified the armed robbery report to cover his mishandling of money during a possible scam incident employed by the customer. The investigation also determined that the cashier allegedly accepted money personally from the customer, following the transaction.

The employee was identified as Mark A. Driver, 27, of Eddyville. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500 by complicity and falsely reporting an incident. He was lodged in the Crittenden County Detention Center. The identity of the customer has not been confirmed.