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Robbery suspect arrested

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By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon Police have identified a suspect in two robberies that took place Dec. 28 and 30. James Curtis “Flipper” Means, 47, of Lebanon is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a parole violation charge. According to Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young, the police plan to bring charges of first-degree burglary to the grand jury for a possible indictment against Means.

The indictment of a person is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The robberies in question occurred at the Circle K Convenience Store, 310 W. Walnut Street, Dec. 28 and at Lebanon Jewelry, 495 W. Main Street, Dec. 30. An estimated $60,000 in jewelry and $507 in cash was taken from Lebanon Jewelry the day it was robbed.

Young said the police have recovered about half of the jewelry that was stolen, and they are working on leads to locate the rest.

Meanwhile, the police have some leads, but they have not yet made any arrests in connection with a robbery that occurred Dec. 29 at La Korita Market, 145 Cemetery Road in Lebanon.

That day, the Lebanon Police received a call at 7:25 p.m. reporting that two possibly Hispanic men wearing ski masks and armed with hand guns came into the business and ordered everyone (in Spanish) to get down. The two men stole approximately $600 in cash and one of the subjects hit a customer in the head with a pistol.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to contact the police at (270) 692-2121. All information will remain confidential.

Burglar caught at Higdon’s Foodtown

A burglar who attempted to rob Higdon’s Foodtown early Monday morning was unsuccessful and was caught and arrested by the Lebanon Police Department.

According to Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young, a burglar alarm went off at Higdon’s Foodtown at 1:47 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Lebanon Police Officers responded to the scene and, after gaining entry, searched the building.

James O. Porter was discovered in the store’s office area trying to steal cash from the safe. He was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal damage to property.