Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TOP STORY >> Arrest made in heists

A Lonoke man was arrested Friday in connection with two gas-station robberies that occurred earlier in the day in Cabot.

Alan Gutekunst, 20, of Lonoke was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of theft of property.

Police are working on locating the second suspect.

The first robbery occurred at 12:21 a.m. at Doublebee’s, 111 Bill Foster Memorial Highway.

A store clerk told officers a man walked into the store, placed a GameStop bag on the counter and demanded he put all the money in the bag. No weapon was involved.

The man left on foot and walked to the east side of the building. No vehicle was seen leaving the store.

A witness told police he saw two men in an early ’90s silver car parked in the back next to a wooden fence.

They wore ragged clothing.

The second robbery happened at 2:43 a.m. at the Shell gas station, 3185 S. Second St. The store clerk told police two white men entered the store with a white plastic bag.

The clerk recognized Gutekunst but did not know the other man. The other man was about 6 feet tall and wore a brown shirt and jeans.

When the two men went to the counter, they told the clerk to put the money in the bag.

The clerk told Gutekunst that he knew who he was, but Gutekunst did not respond.

The clerk said neither man threatened him or said they had a weapon.

The clerk said the robbers left in a silver Cadillac.

A witness stopped by the gas station for a soda just after the store had been robbed.

She told police she didn’t see the robbery, but saw the suspects’ car. It did not have a front passenger tire and was driving on the rim, she said.

The car was headed west over the Hwy. 5 overpass.

Gutekunst was arrested around 3:45 p.m. at Quality Petroleum, 11610 Maybelline Road in North Little Rock.