Arrest made in Dollar General robbery

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By Jeff Moreland


The man believed to be responsible for the June 20 robbery of the Springfield Dollar General Store is behind bars in Ohio.

Montiest Barney, 25, of Elizabethtown, was arrested last week after allegedly robbing a store near Middletown, Ohio.

According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, local police were alerted to the case after Barney was arrested and began to tell officers in Ohio of other robberies he claimed to have committed.

“We were notified by Louisville Metro Police about a  guy who was caught robbing a store in Ohio, and they just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Smith said. “He started talking about different places he had robbed and started talking about Springfield, Kentucky.”

After receiving that information, SPD Officer Rusty Johnson traveled to Ohio to interview Barney, who gave a written statement taking responsibility for the June 20 robbery of Springfield’s Dollar General Store.

“He gave us enough that we could place charges on him for the robber and wanton endangerment,” Smith said. “This guy did give us a written statement and all of the details, and he did confess to it in our statement, and everything does match up with the evidence that we collected. There’s still some evidence we’re getting results from that will double confirm that he is the person, but we are extremely confident. As a matter of fact, we’ve already got a warrant and already charged him.”

According to Johnson, Barney is charged with one count of robbery in the first degree with a handgun (a Class B felony) and four counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree (each a Class D felony). Johnson said the four counts of wanton endangerment include one for each person at whom Barney is accused of pointing a gun during the robbery.

In addition to the Springfield robbery, Johnson said it is believed that Barney is also responsible for robberies in Louisville, as well as Ohio and Tennessee.

Now, Smith said, it’s a matter of attorneys involved with the case working out the details and determining when Barney will face the accusations in a Washington County court.

Smith said he has informed the employees of the Springfield Dollar General Store of the arrest to help assure them Barney will not be returning any time soon.

“We’re glad it’s solved because it puts a lot of people at ease,” Smith said. “It’s just naturally scary, but it’s good to know that he’s in jail.”

Barney is presumed innocent until proven guilty.