Store customers thwart armed robbery attempt

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By Patrick Yost


Customers at the Fairplay General Store disarmed and detained a man who allegedly threatened a clerk with a pocket knife during a botched armed robbery attempt.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Timmy Mobley, 39, Monroe was arrested and charged with armed robbery, terroristic threats and acts and aggravated assault after he allegedly demanded money from a 60-year-old clerk at a convenience store located on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. Reports state that at 4:50 p.m. last Friday Mobley “just went crazy” the clerk said. In her statement to police, the clerk alleged Mobley “pulled a knife out and started waving it saying he was going to rob the store.” She also alleged that Mobley threatened to take a gun that was stored behind the counter.

Several deputies arrived at the store in response to a “robbery in progress” call and found Mobley sitting outside the store surrounded by customers who had subdued the man, reports state.

Joshua Shaun Hardin, a 38-year-old Monroe man, told deputies when he entered the store the clerk told him Mobley had threatened her with a knife and had demanded money from the cash register. Hardin told deputies he and “other customers restrained Mobley and had him exit the store.” Reports state Hardin removed the knife from Mobley’s pocket and handed it to the clerk. He then told Mobley to “sit and wait for the cops to show up.”

The clerk told deputies she needed medical assistance and Emergency Medical Services were called.

Mobley was arrested and detained and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

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