June 18, 2009

Three Arrests Made in Burglary at ‘The Store’ on County Line

A local convenience store is back in business following a weekend robbery that decimated the merchant’s inventory.

Shawn Shannan, owner of The Store, reported that he is open for business despite the June 7th burglary that resulted in the loss of most of his inventory and extensive damage to the facility, which is located on Highway 136 just east of the county line in Clark County.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department reported three arrests have been made in the case.

A 15-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody the day of the crime. Todd M. Stewart, 18, of Luray was arrested June 8th and is being housed in the Clark County Jail. Joshua J. Brown, 20, of Lee County, IA, was arrested in Iowa on June 10th. He remains in custody of the Lee County, IA, authorities awaiting extradition.

Shannan stated that the burglars entered The Store, which is adjacent to his residence, early on the morning of June 7th, breaking out a window and destroying the lock and door handle on the main entrance in the process.

While in the store, the three suspects allegedly did extensive damage to the buildings interior, vandalizing numerous fixtures while also destroying inventory before making off with the remainder of the store’s beer, cigarettes and various other items as well as cash. In all, the crime was estimated to have caused $5,500 in damage or loss.

Investigators located a loaded firearm as well as a ball bat left apparently left at the scene by the suspects who evidently were scared away from the crime scene by approaching traffic.

“They definitely made a mess of things,” said Shannan. “We had a bunch of people here helping us Monday morning and it took us most of the day to get things cleaned up, but we opened back up for business that day. It may take us a while to get the inventory built back up to where it was, but we are going to move forward.”

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