James Franklin McKenzie

James Franklin McKenzie

Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

An armed robber, suspected in other area armed robberies, entered Clark’s Pump and Shop Wednesday, January 30, and attempted to rob the store.

Kentucky State Police have arrested a Catlettsburg resident in connection with the armed robbery of Clark’s Pump and Shop on US 60 in the Rush area of Carter County, near the Boyd/Carter County line.

After an extensive joint investigation with the Catlettsburg Police Department and Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, the KSP obtained an arrest warrant for James Franklin McKenzie, 37, of Catlettsburg and subsequently arrested him without incident on US 60 in Coalton.

McKenzie was charged with first-degree robbery, following the January 30th armed robbery, when he allegedly entered the gas station, stated he had a firearm and then attempted to rob the store.

According to Trooper First Class Elliott Gollihue, McKenzie left on foot without taking any money. No injuries were sustained in the incident.

Additional charges may be pending from Catlettsburg Police and Boyd County Sheriffs Department. McKenzie may be responsible for other armed robberies in the local area including in West Virginia.

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Brad Simmons.

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