Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 14, 2012

Boyfriend charged in Taco Bell robbery

Second suspect being sought by police

CROSSVILLE — The boyfriend of a demoted former manager of the Taco Bell on Peavine Rd. has been arrested and charged with armed robbery and theft in connection with a Saturday morning incident. Police are seeking the girlfriend — now a former employee — as an accomplice in the case.

Crossville Police Det. Bill Padgett confirmed yesterday that Robert Jay Gilleand, 24, 112 Avon Rd., was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with the holdup that netted more over $2,500. A portion of the money has been recovered by police.

Police say Gilleand is a boyfriend to a former assistant manager who about a month ago was demoted after being accused of stealing food. The woman was employed prior to the robbery Saturday morning but has not shown up to pick up her last check since that incident.

Padgett said surrounding police agencies have been alerted to be on the lookout for the woman, but he fears she may have fled the area.

Police were dispatched to the Taco Bell on Peavine Rd. at 9 a.m. Saturday after restaurant manager Whitleigh Sherrill reported that she was in the process of getting into her vehicle to make a bank deposit when a man approached her from behind, stuck a gun against the back of her head, and demanded the bank bag.

The victim told investigators she dropped the deposit bag containing more than $2,500 in cash, and that the man grabbed the bag and ran behind Mr. Zip's convenience store. She described the man as wearing a blue hoodie, baggy blue jeans and a blue bandana around his face.

Ptl. Donathan Johnson and his tracking dog arrived at the scene and followed the path of the suspect to a parking area behind the convenience store where the trail ended.

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