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Store theft thwarted

SOUTH POINT — A South Point man might face grand jury indictment on charges of robbery and aggravated burglary.

Wednesday, April 07, 1999

SOUTH POINT — A South Point man might face grand jury indictment on charges of robbery and aggravated burglary.

Donny Cremeans of South Point gave a statement March 19 concerning the theft of more than $200 in cash from The Food Basket, a small store within village limits, South Point Police Department chief Carl Vance said.

SPPD Officer Jean Gibson responded to an armed robbery call that day, Vance said.

"Officer Jean Gibson was our officer on duty at the time of the robbery, and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the incident," Vance said.

A gun reportedly was used during the incident, but no one was injured, Vance said.

With the aid of a juvenile female accomplice, the robber allegedly entered the store wielding a gun and fled the scene with the money in hand, Vance said. The female accomplice’s whereabouts are unknown at this time, he added.

Witnesses identified Cremeans from a visit to the store earlier that same day, Vance said.

"Unfortunately, he had been in the store that day and the clerk recognized him, and that helped the officers involved to locate him," Vance said. "Sheriff’s deputies found him, and within two hours, he was apprehended within village limits."

After arresting Cremeans on charges of robbery and burglary, officers recovered a gun and stolen money, Vance said.

Vance credited the incident’s quick resolution to Ms. Gibson’s quick response and the sheriff’s department’s aid.

"As far as I know at this time, there were no problems during the search or the arrest and everything went very well for everyone involved," Vance said. "We’re very proud of our officer and grateful for the help of the sheriff’s department. It’s always great to have something like this taken care of so quickly."