Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter
September 30, 2013
HAZARD—A man alleged to have robbed a tobacco store at knife point last month has been indicted.
Michael R. Gannon, 31, of Pikeville, allegedly used a knife to rob the Fast Lane Discount Tobacco store on Main Street in Hazard on Aug. 9 of over $600 in cash. He fled the scene before police arrived.
After speaking to witnesses at the scene and looking at video surveillance footage from the store, officers with the Hazard Police Department were able to find Gannon in an abandoned apartment in the Hall’s Mall apartment complex less than 30 minutes after the incident occurred.
According to the arrest citation, Gannon had removed his outer clothes he had been wearing during the robbery.
“The clothes that he was wearing on video was found in the back of a toilet close to him,” arresting officer Adam Baker wrote in the citation. “Witnesses also stated he had come into the apartment with the money and a knife. He later produced the money, which he had put in his anus in a blue glove.”
The knife has not been recovered.
Gannon, apparently, is no stranger to armed robbery. In 2007, WYMT News in Hazard reported he was charged for allegedly robbing a Subway restaurant in Pikeville. He turned himself and the money taken into the police the day after the robbery. The following year, Gannon was arrested in Detroit, Mich., for walking away from work duty while being lodged at the Pike County Detention Center.
Gannon has been indicted on one count first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, one count tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony, and one count second-degree persistent felony offender. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years.
Gannon’s bond was set at $75,000. His arraignment is set for Nov. 7.