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Three nabbed for Hawkins robbery thanks to burnt out headlight

June 11th, 2012 4:53 pm by Jeff Bobo

Three nabbed for Hawkins robbery thanks to burnt out headlight

Justin Daniel Ricker, Alice Merrili Wright and Larry Shane McGinnis

ROGERSVILLE — A trio accused of robbing a Hawkins County market early Monday morning were arrested thanks to a traffic stop prompted by a burned out headlight.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Monday Hawkins County deputies were dispatched to a complaint of a robbery at Lakeview Grocery, 754 Choptack Road, Rogersville. Store clerk Margie McMurray stated that the robbery was committed by a white male approximately 6 feet in height with muscular build, wearing a gray hooded shirt, a scarf over his face, brown shorts and tennis shoes. She said the man entered the store, screamed at her demanding all of the money.

“He took an undisclosed amount of money, checks and bank bags and left the scene running on foot,” Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said said. “No vehicle was observed. About 30 minutes later, Deputy Mark Harrell was traveling on Shephard's Chapel Road, which is about 4 miles from the scene, when he observed a vehicle that had a headlight out. Deputy Harrell conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle which was occupied by three subjects.”

“Upon arrival of other deputies to assist Deputy Harrell, a search of the vehicle was conducted and the deputies recovered all the cash, checks, bank bags and clothing used in the robbery of Lakeview Grocery.”

The three suspects were each charged with robbery, and as of Monday evening remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond.

The three suspects include: Alice Merrili Wright, 30, 2013 Brown Drive D#128, Rogersville; Larry Shane McGinnis, 22, 2015 Brown Drive Lot #20, Rogersville; and Justin Daniel Ricker, 26, 226 Misty View Circle, Rogersville, who is accused of being the actual robber.

Lawson said no weapon was used in the robbery.

All three were arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

“Margie McMurray is commended for her assistance in this case, for giving a very accurate description of the Robbery suspect,” Lawson said. “Deputy Mark Harrell is commended for his actions in apprehending these suspects and solving this case.”  

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