By James Cook
Anytime the economy gets tough, crime seems to rise. But an attempted armed robbery in broad daylight is quite unusual, especially in a small town. Now Clay City can add their name to the list.
A man claiming to have a gun attempted to rob the Cash in a Dash on Main Street last Friday afternoon. The check cashing and fast cash business is located next to Mullins Used Autos and close to the EZ Stop and Clay City Shell Mart.
According to an employee, who was working at the time, a male subject wearing a blue hoodie entered the business with his head down. “He looked up and he had a bandana around his face,” the employee said. According to the employee the subject asked for the money and she told him “No.” He claimed he had a gun, but never displayed a weapon of any kind.
“Then he told me to get on the floor and I said ‘No’,” the employee told Powell County Deputies Mike Townsend, Travis Meadows, Matthew Reed and Eddie Barnes. Barnes went to local businesses nearby to check on videos to catch a better glimpse of the subject and which way he may have gone after leaving the trailer. Meadows and Reed checked around the area, including side roads nearby as he had apparently left on foot.
The employee told the deputies that after she told him no, he pulled down his bandana and tried to claim he was joking. He asked her to check on his account, but the name he gave did not match any in the business computer system. The subject then ran out the door toward the car lot.
“It’s kind of scary, right here in the middle of the day, for something like that to happen,” the employee said. Deputies are still looking for the subject, who is believed to be about 5’10”, white male with brown and gray hair just below the ears.
If you have any information about this case, please call Powell County Dispatch at 663-4116 or the Powell County Sheriff’s Office at 663-2226.