Preliminary hearings are set for next week for three Letcher County residents accused of trying to rob the Mayking Post Office on Friday.
Dustin Isaac Yeary, 26, of 1521 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Jeffery Lynn McClain, 25, of 1210 Thornton Road, Thornton, and Katie Renee Larue, 27, of Whitesburg, were arrested and charged with complicity to first-degree robbery.
Kentucky State Police Detective
Randy Combs said Mc- Clain and Larue drove Yeary to the post office, which also serves the communities of Thornton and Millstone, on the afternoon of April 1 to commit the robbery.
“Dustin goes inside and puts a gun in the face of the clerk at the post office,” said Combs. “She hunkers down and gets out of the way.”
Combs said Yeary, who had the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up over his head, jumped over the counter but couldn’t get any money because the drawer was locked. Yeary left the post office and was seen getting into a green twodoor passenger car which had backed into a parking spot in front of the Kentucky River Community Care office, according to Combs. Witnesses told Combs the vehicle sped off from the parking lot.
KSP Post 13 in Hazard was notified of the robbery attempt at approximately 2:59 p.m. A postal employee gave a detailed description of the suspect and the license plate number of the car in which he left. The employee saw another man inside the car.
About an hour and a half later, police found Mc- Clain and Larue sitting in the parked car, which was backed into a parking place near Whitesburg Walmart.
Combs said McClain and Larue told police they had taken Yeary to the post office and then dropped him of at his home at Pine Creek before they drove to Walmart.
All three suspects are being held in the Letcher County Jail. Bond is set at $100,000 cash for Yeary and $50,000 cash for Larue and McClain.
Preliminary hearings are set for 1 p.m. on April 14 in Letcher District Court.
Combs is continuing the investigation.
In February, Yeary was indicted in Letcher Circuit Court on charges related to the use of a stolen credit card. He is accused of theft of property, theft of credit card, fraudulent use of credit card, receiving more than $500 in goods by fraudulent use of a credit card, and being a persistent felony offender. The Letcher County Grand Jury said Yeary used a credit card stolen from Lana White to buy merchandise and gift cards worth almost $900 from Sears of Mayking on August 7, 2010.
Yeary was released from prison October 1, 2008 after serving a sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He began serving the term on February 14, 2007.
On March 26, 2010, Larue, a mother of two, was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine and Klonopin), possession of a controlled substance in an improper container, possession of police radio, possession of substances used to manufacture methamphetamine, and being a persistent felony offender. She was charged with being in possession of methamphetamine and Klonopin. Larue is also accused of possessing substances used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
In February 2008, Mc- Clain was placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to a second charge of driving under the influence on July 27, 2009 and served 22 days home incarceration.