Suspect arrested in Mount Vernon jewelry store robbery
By ALAN REED
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — A young male was apprehended by Mount Vernon Police officers Wednesday afternoon after allegedly robbing Hunnicut’s Jewelry on South Main Street.
Store owner Charlie Hunnicut called the MVPD at about 1:45 p.m. after an unnamed suspect came into the store, approached the counter and demanded all the store’s money, claiming he had a gun, which eventually proved to be a finger in his coat pocket. Hunnicut described the suspect as male, Caucasian and maybe in his early 30s.
“I talked with him and calmed him down, and he finally showed me he had no gun,” said Hunnicut. “He said he was desperate. I gave him $30 and he left.” Hunnicut gave a description of the suspect to the police department, telling them he was traveling south on Main Street.
“I’ve been in business over 40 years. This is the first time this has ever happened, and I hope it’s the last,” said Hunnicut, adding that he has had two windows broken in recent years.
Details from the police department were not available. A Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy was also on the scene.
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