UPDATE: Another Arrest in “Staged” Armed Robbery

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man investigators say planned a staged robbery at a gas station in Laurel County was arrested Wednesday. This follows the arrest Monday of the store clerk, who deputies say was in on the planned armed robbery.

Investigators are still looking for a third accomplice, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say 29-year old Christopher Mason, of Corbin, came up with the idea to stage an armed robbery at a Marathon Service Station on Adams Road on November 30, 2016.

Investigators say the woman working at the gas station, 30-year old Charlene Jackson-Masters, of London, told deputies a lone gunman came into the business with a pistol, robbed her, locked her in a cooler, and ran off.

Deputies say Jackson-Masters was in on the staged crime.

Investigators say they’re still looking for a third alleged accomplice, 19-year old Daniel Cornelius, of Williamsburg. Deputies say Cornelius should be considered armed and dangerous.

Deputies say Mason and Cornelius apparently divided the stolen money. They say Mason spent some on clothes, a watch, food and hotel stays.

Investigators say they found drugs and cash at the location where Mason was arrested, so he was charged with additional drug offenses.

Deputies say anyone with information about Cornelius’ whereabouts is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000. You can remain anonymous.



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