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Two facing charges after alleged robbery

Published 10:41am Monday, December 16, 2013

PROCTORVILLE — Input from the public helped Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies make arrests in an alleged robbery of a gas station employee on Sunday. Two Proctorville men are now facing felony robbery and breaking and entering charges following the alleged incident involving an employee of the Proctorville Speedway.

Zach Taubenheim, 28, of 400 Township Road 1090, Proctorville, and Craig Wysong, 24, of 2395 County Road 66, Proctorville, were arraigned this morning in Lawrence County Municipal Court on aggravated robbery charges, a first-degree felony, and breaking and entering charges, a fifth degree felony.

At 10:03 a.m. Sunday a woman who worked at the Speedway was making a deposit at the US Bank in Proctorville when two men approached her, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

One man was wearing a grey-hooded sweatshirt with an orange-colored cloth around his face and the other was wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt with a green cloth around his face, Lawless reported.

According to the sheriff, one of the men allegedly revealed a knife and demanded the money the woman was depositing. She complied and the men left on foot.

At that point bystanders informed deputies the direction of the two men.

“We had some witnesses watch the direction these guys ran,” Lawless said.

Deputies were led to the 100 block of Township Road 1143 where investigators found a house under construction. Neighbors told the deputies they had seen two men trying to get into the structure.

Upon investigating, the deputies found a pane of glass broken out of the back door. There the deputies found the two suspects.

“Having the help of the public come together and find the men was a godsend,” Lawless said. “I certainly am happy the witnesses saw this and did call in and report what they saw. The public involvement helped solve this crime”

All the money was recovered and no one was hurt in the incident.

“We are in that holiday season and normally have robberies and thefts,” Lawless said. “This time everybody has to be on guard.”

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