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Former Perry County Deputy Sheriff And EMT Along With Two Others Arrested In Armed Robbery In Letcher County

Date of News Release: 09/21/2007

(Hazard, KY) - On 09/12/07 at approximately 8:50 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call of an armed robbery from the alleged victim in the Mayking community of Letcher County.

The victim stated that two subjects came to his residence and identified themselves as police officers. Upon entering the house they took plastic tie straps and restrained the victim and another individual in his home. The perpetrators demanded to know where his prescription medication was located. The subjects searched the residence and took medications belonging to the victim along with some cash and fled the scene leaving the victims restrained. The victim freed himself and the other person and called Kentucky State Police.

On 09/13/07 the investigation led to the first arrest, a former Perry County Deputy Sheriff and EMT. Verbon Todd Griffie, age 34 of Topmost, Ky. was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, Impersonating a Police Officer and Theft of a Controlled Substance 1st offense or less than $300.00. Griffie was lodged in the Letcher County Jail.

On 09/19/07 as the investigation continued two more individuals were arrested in connection with the robbery. Tony Ray Herald, age 34 and Brooke LeeAnn Collins, age 20 both of Mallie, Ky. were arrested and charged with complicity to commit armed robbery 1st degree and several other felonies. Both Herald and Collins were lodged in the Letcher County Jail.

The investigation is continuing by Det. Randy Combs.

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