Louisville Metro Police lock up several serial robbery suspects www.privateofficer.com
Louisville KY Jan 7 2013 Louisville Metro Police robbery detectives arrested two men Saturday who they say robbed nearly two dozen Louisville businesses at gunpoint since late November.
Troy Gaines Jr., 22, of the 600 block of South 39th Street, and Shaundrell Robinson, 33, of the 100 block of South 43rd Street, were booked into Metro Corrections on 23 counts of first-degree robbery.
Police believe they also robbed stores last month in Clarksville and Jeffersonville in Southern Indiana, as well two in Radcliff in Hardin County. No charges have been filed in those cases.
“It appears that their motive was life in the fast lane: substance abuse and strip clubs,” Sgt. Eric Black said.
No one was injured in the robberies, but police say Gaines fired shots during three of them: at China Express, 4946 Poplar Level Road; a Meijer gas station, 4600 S. Hurstbourne Parkway; and Kopp Lane Food Mart, 607 Kopp Lane in Clarksville, on Dec. 27.
The other stores were scattered around the city, although 18 of them were in southern or southwestern Louisville.
Lt. Jennifer Coe, commander of the robbery unit, said about 50 officers and detectives recently have been patrolling areas where the robberies had been occurring, mostly in the late night and early morning hours.
But police had no clue about the robbers’ identities until early Saturday when Detective Shawn Bell began following a maroon Nissan Sentra that fit the description of the robbers’ getaway vehicle, Coe said.
Police converged upon the Speedway at 8325 Preston Highway in Okolona about 4 a.m., where they arrested Gaines, who allegedly was trying to hold up the store clerk, and Robinson, who was sitting in the Sentra nearby.
Gaines and Robinson confessed to all the robberies during interviews, according to their police reports.