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Clerk ‘begged’ suspect in attempted robbery to leave store, cops say

A Whitesburg man was arrested and charged with attempting to rob a gas station on New Year’s Eve.

Pete Back, 22, of 354 Pert Creek Road, was arrested on Jan. 4 at his home by Whitesburg Police Officer Tyrone Fields and Letcher County Ranger Philip Slone.

Fields said at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, a cashier at Double Kwik at Pine Mountain Junction rang up two packs of cigarettes and laid them on a counter when Back said he left his wallet in his car. Fields said Back took the cigarettes and left the store without paying the cashier.

Fields said Back returned to the convenience store at 4:17 a.m., but this time he had a bandanna covering his face and demanded money from the same cashier.

“He kept his hands in his pocket in a threatening manner implying he had a weapon,” Fields wrote in an arrest citation.

Fields said no money was taken and that Back left the store after the cashier begged him to leave. Back was riding with two other people in a 2002 gray Ford Taurus.

Back was arrested at 3:36 p.m. on Jan. 4 after an investigation by Fields and Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Burton.

“He didn’t give us any problems,” said Fields.

Fields said a search of Back’s home after the arrest turned up “the clothes, according to the video surveillance, that Mr. Back wore inside the store.” The search warrant was executed by Ranger Slone, Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Damron and Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Surber.

The case is still under investigation by Fields and Burton. Fields said more arrests could follow.

Back was charged with attempted first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting). He was being held in the Letcher County Jail, where bond was set at $10,000 cash.

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