Whitesburg KY

Three charged after robbery here

A former Perry County deputy sheriff and emergency medical technician was arrested September 13 by the Kentucky State Police in connection with an armed robbery at Mayking.

Verbon Todd Griffie, 34, of Topmost in Knott County, was arrested and charged with firstdegree robbery, first-degree burglary, impersonating a police officer, and theft of a controlled substance.

Griffie was released from the Letcher County Jail after posting a $20,000 property bond on September 24, and is being held under house arrest. The charges against Griffie have been referred to a Letcher County grand jury.

Tony Ray Herald, 34, and Brooke LeeAnn Collins, 20, both of Mallie in Knott County, were arrested on September 19 and charged with complicity to commit armed robbery first degree, first-degree burglary, theft of a controlled substance, theft of unlawful taking under $300, and impersonating a police officer.

Both Herald and Collins were still being held Monday in the Letcher County Jail with bond set at $10,000 cash each. Preliminary hearings for Herald and Collins are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 26 in Letcher District Court.

The alleged victim, whose name was not released, reported the alleged robbery to the Kentucky State Police around 8:50 p.m. on September 12.

Police said the victim, who lives at Mayking, said 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, police said.

The perpetrators demanded to know where his prescription medication was located, 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.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Detective Randy Combs.

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