Armed robber strikes again

Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Detective Brian Crews (from left), Detective Sgt. Jason Williams and Major Jan Phillips discuss Monday's armed robbery at Discount Food Mart, North Cannon Boulevard. (T-G Photo by David Melson)

Another Shelbyville convenience store was robbed Monday afternoon, marking the fourth holdup within three days -- apparently by the same person.

A man fitting the description of the robber at three previous stores since Friday entered Discount Food Mart, North Cannon Boulevard at Lane Parkway, about 3 p.m.

"He displayed a black handgun and demanded all the money," Maj. Jan Phillips of the Shelbyville Police Department said. "(The clerk) placed it in a black shopping bag and gave it to the robber."

The man was described by the clerk as standing 5-feet-4 to 5-feet-6, wearing a pantyhose-type stocking over his head and a white shirt, police said.

After leaving the store, the gunman departed in a white, small four-door car with tinted windows and was last seen driving around the east side of Big Springs Shopping Center.

The suspect in the other robberies has been described as about the same height and, in two holdups, leaving in a white car.

Oddly, the robber has been striking mainly during daylight hours -- especially late afternoon.

"I'm baffled," Detective Sgt. Jason Williams said. "With the traffic so heavy at that time of day it would be very easy for him to get caught."

Three of the stores -- Pik-N-Chek Market on Lane Parkway and Discount Cigarette and Tobacco Outlet on North Cannon Boulevard -- are within a half-mile radius.


A Bell Buckle man told police he was knocked out while being assaulted from behind by several people at Fisherman's Park in downtown Shelbyville early Saturday afternoon.

Bobby Joe Smith, 36, said he was "down by the river" when the incident occurred, Officer Josh Tolar noted in his report.

Smith told police he could remember nothing but getting out of his truck, then waking up on the ground. He said he never saw his assailants but thought two or more persons were involved.

Injuries included bruises "all over his body," swelling to his head and face and chest scratches, Tolar said.

Smith drove to the nearby home of a friend. His brother picked him up and took him to Bedford County Medical Center's emergency room several hours later, Tolar said.

Thefts, burglaries

Fourteen die cast collectible NASCAR cars and a jar containing $100 were stolen from the home of Joshua Leon Richardson, Barksdale Lane, between 6 a.m. Thursday and 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

Richardson told police food he hadn't purchased found in his refrigerator indicated the thief stayed overnight.

*A purse belonging to Virginia Preston of Wartrace containing a digital camera, cash, eyeglasses and a credit card was stolen from the home of her son, Kevin Jones, on Cedar Street in Wartrace between 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:57 p.m. Sunday.

*A hatchet was used to smash the window of Shelbyville Record Shop, Depot Street, and grab a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar early Friday, police said.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm at 2:58 a.m. to find a guitar stand hanging out of the shattered window and the hatchet on the ground.

A Gibson Ripper guitar was damaged but left behind, police said.

*A television set and DVD system were removed from a new travel trailer at Candy's Campers, U.S. 231 North, between Saturday and Wednesday.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Department report said a screwdriver-type object was used to pry the door.

*Two tool boxes, locksmith tools, a drill, charger and two batteries were taken from a truck owned by David L. Calvin at his Bedford Lake Road home between 2-6:30 a.m. Friday.

*A Barnsby English saddle, two-wheel show cart and butane heater were taken from Crowder Farms, Midland Road, between 10 a.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

*Lori Ann Stephenson told police the compact disc player and speakers were taken from her car outside her Madison Street home between 12:30-12:46 a.m. Sunday.


One of two drivers was injured in a traffic accident Thursday morning on Colloredo Boulevard at Morton Street.

Charilyn Q. Burgeson, 28, Murfreesboro, was taken to Bedford County Medical Center after the accident about 11:20 a.m., police said.

The other driver, Dalton L. Reed, 61, Belmont Avenue, was charged with violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance).

*Rita L. Winfrey, 25, whose address was not listed on police reports, was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck late Saturday afternoon on North Main Street at Peacock Lane.

Winfrey was riding in a car driven by Alan R. Lester, 32, Davis Lane, Bell Buckle. Neither Lester nor the other driver, Roy A. Bowman, 41, Midland, were hurt.

Police said Winfrey was taken to Bedford County Medical Center.

*As Jillian King, 16, of Kingree Road was sending a text message on her cell phone while driving early Saturday morning, she lost control of her car and struck a utility pole at the Coney Island Road-Belmont Avenue intersection, police said.

She was taken to Bedford County Medical Center after the 5:50 a.m. wreck, according to the police report.

King, a member of the Shelbyville Golden Eaglettes softball team, was on her way to meet the team bus for a weekend tournament, Coach Janice Morey said.

Jail intake

The following persons were arrested since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and processed through Bedford County Jail, according to jail records. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

*Jennifer Ruth Armstrong, 38, Shelbyville Mills Road; criminal trespassing, violation check law; released, no bond listed

*Billy Ray Hulsey, 41, Tullahoma; violation of probation, contempt of court; held, $5,000 bond

*Chris Price Gibbs, 35, Southview Drive; domestic assault; released, $5,000 bond

*Joshua Wayne Clanton, 21, Meadowlark Drive; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

*Juan Martinez Ladera, 22, Nashville; failure to appear, bondsman surrender; held, $2,500 bond

*Erin Renee Ballinger, 28, Davis Street; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

*Tony Dwayne Curry, 43, El Bethel Road; violation of probation; held, $2,500 bond

*Connie Diana Shrader, 48, Highway 130 East; violation check law; released, $1,500 bond

*April Dawn Wright, 28, King Avenue; violation check law; released, $500 bond

*James Albert Pellar, 23, Madison Street; contempt of court; held, no bond listed

*Diego Miguel, 21, Baker Street; DUI; held, no bond listed

*Wallace Anthony Throneberry, 45, Audubon Road; DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license; released, $4,500 bond

*Zachary Thomas Clark, 22, Stowers Lane; violation of order of protection; held, no bond listed

*Jessica Marie Hodge-Diggs, 21, Nashville; driving on revoked/suspended license; released, $250 bond

*John Allan Throneberry, 27, Union Street; domestic assault; held, $5,000 bond

*Melissa Michelle Randolph, 32, Barksdale Lane; domestic assault; released, $5,000 bond

*Feliciano Hernandez Vazquez, 24, Anthony Lane; no driver's license/exhibited on demand; released, $750 bond

*Jeffrey Bradley Green, 26, McMinnville; DUI, evading arrest, driving on revoked/suspended license; held, $4,500 bond

*Alejandro Herrera-Sica, 23, White Street; leaving scene of accident, filing false report; released, $7,500 bond

*Steven Eric Mangrum, 20, Frank Martin Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

*William Robert Taylor III, 19, Graydon Street; reckless driving, evading arrest, driving on revoked/suspended license, other unspecified charge; released, $5,000 bond

*Joseph Jerome Henley, 29, North Fork Drive; violation of probation, theft of property (two counts); held, $3,000 bond

*Beth Ann Boyce, 19, Railroad Avenue; contributing to the delinquency of a minor (three counts); held, $4,500 bond

*Marco Antonio Banos Medina, 31, Railroad Avenue; contributing to the delinquency of a minor (three counts); held, $4,500 bond