THP Nabs Armed Robbers

Tennessee State Troopers apprehended two armed robbery suspects Saturday evening at the Petro Truck Stop in Cheatham County.

Shortly before the arrests, at approximately 5:00 p.m., witnesses at a Shell gas station in Humphreys County off Interstate 40 at Exit 143 in Hurricane Mills reported a white male and white female armed with a handgun and knife robbed the business. The suspects reportedly traveled eastbound on I-40 toward Nashville.  Witnesses described the getaway vehicle and tag number to the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department. The information was passed on to the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Nashville District Dispatch Office. 

THP dispatchers then issued a BOLO (“be on the look out”) for the armed robbery suspects and their vehicle. At approximately5:24 pm Tennessee State Trooper Keith Garrett observed the vehicle traveling on I-40 in the Cheatham County area.  Trooper Garrett ran a check of the vehicle’s tag which revealed that it was stolen out of Haywood County, N.C.  Trooper Garrett followed the suspects at a safe distance, as to not alert them of his presence.  The suspects then exited I-40 at the 188 mile marker in the Kingston Springs area and pulled into the Petro Truck Stop where they went inside to eat.  Trooper Garrett remained outside and out of view as he awaited the arrival of additional troopers.  Trooper Garrett observed the couples’ actions and kept fellow troopers advised.

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