, Muskogee, OK

January 2, 2013

Leads sought in hunt for store robber

Armed thief was garbed completely in black

By Josh Newton

— Authorities are continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying the gunman who robbed a Cherokee County convenience store on Dec. 19.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said investigators have received a few phone calls about the case but are still asking anyone who knows anything about the robbery to call the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to Speedy’s 66, at Oklahoma 51 and Welling Road, just before 11 p.m. Dec. 19 to check a silent alarm.

A store employee told deputies that he had been approached by a man who was wearing a hooded shirt and a mask and holding what appeared to be a silver .38-caliber revolver.

The employee told deputies he had left the store to get an item from his vehicle and said the gunman walked up and told him not to do “anything f-----g stupid.”

The gunman took the employee back inside the store, ordered him to turn off all of the lights, and empty the store’s cash register and safe into a garbage bag.

Authorities said the robber then ordered the employee to get into a freezer and stay there for 20 minutes, or he would be “dead.”

The employee later left the freezer, crawled to the cash register and triggered a silent alarm.

Investigators have received surveillance footage showing the robbery and the gunman, who was covered with clothing except for his eyes.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Chennault or Sheriff’s Investigators James Brown or Justin Hackworth at (918) 456-2583.

Josh Newton writes for the Tahlequah Daily Press.

You can help

If you have any information about the robbery at Speedy’s 66 on Dec. 19, call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department at (918) 456-2583.