The Richmond Register


April 29, 2014

Police believe nine robberies solved

One man charged with three, another with six

RICHMOND — After an East Irvine Street man was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree robbery, Richmond police believe they have solved a string of nine grocery/convenience store robberies that occurred in or around the city from Nov. 30 to Jan. 20.

Christopher D. Lainhart, 28, has been lodged in the Madison County Detention Center since Jan. 23 after he was charged with third-degree burglary in connection with a Christmas Day break-in at the Bluegrass BP Food Mart, 1900 Berea Road. He also was charged with attempted third-degree burglary in connection with an attempted Jan. 12 break-in at the Redi Mart, 2032 Irvine Road.

After his arrest, RPD detectives developed information that connected Lainhart to several other crimes, leading to the three robbery charges, according to Chief Larry Brock.

They include two robberies of the D&G Food Mart, 1699 E. Main St. On Dec. 6, police say Lainhart robbed the store at gunpoint, then returned with a knife Dec. 30 and robbed it again.

He also is charged with robbing the Redi Mart at 920 Red House Road using a handgun on Dec. 8.

During a search of Lainhart’s home, where he was initially arrested, police said they found two small baggies of heroin and drug paraphernalia and charged him with first degree possession of a controlled substance in addition to burglary.

Lainhart also is charged with first-degree burglary in connection with a Jan. 3 break-in at the L&P Liquor Store, 703 E. Irvine St., in which a firearm and 22 bottles of alcoholic beverages were taken.

And he faces two third-degree burglary charges. They include a Jan. 3 break-in at the Parrot’s Nest Pet Store, 960 Commercial Drive, that caused damages but nothing taken, and a Jan. 11 break-in at Carrington’s Hair Salon, 307 Jason Drive, in which cash was taken.

Police believe Anthony L. Ray, 35, of North Second Street, is responsible for another six robberies that kept store clerks and owners on edge during the holidays and the harsh winter weather of January.

He was arrested Jan. 24 shortly after the robbery of Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Drive.

Ray is accused of entering the business, brandishing a knife and demanding money from two employees. The clerks gave him money and he fled, the police report stated.

Officers obtained a description of his vehicle and then located it on East Main Street near CVS Pharmacy. Ray was driving the vehicle, and he was detained, according to the RPD.

The officers reported finding the stolen money and the knife suspected of being used in the robbery.

The RPD’s follow-up investigation and linked Ray to five additional robberies. They include:

• Dec. 28, TNT Vapors, 950 Spanish Grove Dr.; robber produced a handgun, ordered the owner to surrender money from the cash register.

• Jan. 2, Babylon Market, 298 S. Second St.; robber brandished a handgun, demanded money.

• Jan. 8, Cash Tyme Cash Advance, 962 Commercial Dr., robber with a handgun demanded money from the clerk.

• Jan. 18, Splash ’Em Out laundry, 467 Eastern Bypass; man with a gun and possibly a knife demanded money from an employee who gave him $74.

• Jan. 20, Check for Cash, 420 Eastern Bypass; man who attempted to walk behind the counter demanded money after being confronted by employee. The man kept his hands in his pockets in a manner, making the clerk believe he had a weapon. Cash was surrendered and the robber fled.

Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to contact the Richmond police at 859-623-1162.


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