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A bit of luck and some good, old-fashioned police work led to the arrest of the man who allegedly robbed Cook’s Pharmacy employees at gunpoint on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Detective Danny Stivers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Brandon L. French, 31, of Bagdad was arrested Friday night, Nov. 11, while being held at the Shelby County Detention Center.
Stivers said after the robbery, he had contacted Officer Rodney Kidd of the Simpsonville Police Department, which had been investigating a similar crime there.
After talking, Stivers invited Kidd to attend the quarterly informational meeting at Kentucky State Police Post 5 in Campbellsburg, which includes law enforcement officials from Indiana and the surrounding counties in Kentucky.
Stivers said there was no surveillance video from the Simpsonville case, but the physical description given of the suspect and the description of the suspect’s vehicle matched information obtained from surveillance video taken during the Cook’s robbery.
An Oldham County detective ran the information through KASPER, Kentucky’s statewide electronic prescription reporting system, and found a match in Shelby County.
“We brought him in for questioning, and he confessed to both robberies,” Stivers said. “There is no doubt he’s our guy.”
Stivers said they found French living with family with a black 1996 Buick Regal sitting in the driveway. It was the type of car Stivers and Sheriff Danny Cravens had determined French drove away in after the Cook’s robbery.
Stivers said Cravens spent time online at AutoTrader.com looking at photos of various cars to match the trim, wheels, rims and taillights that were visible in the video to that particular model.
“We had the car exactly right,” Stivers said.
French pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday in the Henry County District Court on one charge of first-degree robbery.
He is being held in Shelby County jail on a $100,000 cash bond on that charge and was scheduled for arraignment on the Simpsonville charge Tuesday afternoon.
First-degree robbery is a Class B felony. If convicted, French could be sentenced to 10-20 years in prison for each count.