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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in Milton last weekend.
According to Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons, dispatchers at Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg received an emergency call at 5:43 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, reporting an armed robbery at Milton Discount Tobacco. The caller, a store employee, told dispatchers that two women wearing scarves and masks had robbed the business of an undetermined amount of cash. One was identified as carrying a small handgun, possibly a .22 caliber, while the other, the caller said, had what appeared to be a toy gun.
Coons said additional information obtained at the crime scene Saturday led police to question two women living in a home on High Street. Although neither was arrested for the robbery, one was taken into custody on a non-related warrant.
As state and county police continue to investigate the robbery, they are looking at the possibility that the two thieves may be involved in an attempted burglary last week at the Farmers Bank of Milton ATM, the burglary of a home on Spring Street and two additional burglaries at Milton Discount Tobacco. All of the thefts have occurred in the last three weeks.
Also in Milton, emergency personnel responded to a report of a mobile home fire Friday, Dec. 19. The fire, at 361 Coopers Bottom Road, was reported shortly before 6:30 p.m.
When crews arrived on the scene Friday, they discovered a singlewide trailer owned by Troy Turner partially engulfed in flames. Although the blaze was contained to the kitchen and one bedroom of the home, according to MFD Assistant Chief Jason Long, there was severe smoke damage throughout.
No one was injured in the fire and a cause has not been determined.
Milton Fire & Rescue, Bedford Fire & Rescue, Trimble County EMS and county sheriff’s deputies assisted on the scene.
Also on Friday, Kentucky State Police were called to the 600 block of Wolfpen Branch Road in Pendleton on a report of a possible pipe bomb in a mailbox. The call to KSP Post 5 was received at 3:43 p.m.
Upon arrival at the residence, troopers Timothy Moore and David Trimble located the bomb in the homeowner’s vehicle and requested assistance from the KSP Hazardous Device Unit. Police used a robot to remove the explosive, which was constructed of PVC pipe and contained black powder metal fragmentation, from the vehicle before it was safely detonated. Police said although the bomb did not explode prior to their arrival, the fuse had been ignited.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is handling the investigation, with KSP assistance.