Strong arm robbery suspect apprehended
Man found in Pierce City home of alleged associate
The suspect of a strong arm robbery at Ramey in Purdy on Aug. 16 has been apprehended after an associate in the alleged crime was caught at a home in Pierce City.
Scotty Robertson, 31, of Pierce City, has been charged with second-degree robbery and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Also arrested was Dawn Kettner, 35, of Pierce City, who was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and posted a $15,000 bond.
According to a press release from Jackie Lowe, Purdy police chief, on Aug. 16 at about 9 a.m., Robertson and Kettner entered the Ramey grocery store in Purdy and began walking around the store, acting suspiciously. Kettner, allegedly acting as a look out, stood by the checkout line to watch for store employees while Robertson allegedly went behind the counter and stole cigarettes.
A store clerk saw Robertson behind the counter and confronted him. Robertson then attempted to leave the store with the cigarettes without paying for them, leading to a physical struggle between he and the female clerk. Robertson then allegedly shoved the clerk down before fleeing the store on foot. Kettner then walked outside and left in the same direction, driving a maroon Chrysler Sebring convertible. Kettner then allegedly drove to the Country Corner Store in Purdy, where she picked up Robertson.
Acting on information obtained during a meeting of Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers, it was reported that Kettner and an unknown male driving the same maroon Chrysler Sebring convertible had cashed a forged check in Aurora allegedly stolen from a woman in Pierce City. A bank surveillance photo captured the vehicle and license plate showing it was registered to Kettner. On Monday, Kettner was located at a residence in Pierce City and was detained until Purdy Officers could arrive. She was then transported to the Monett Police Department, where she was interviewed by Officer Jon Egleston, with the Purdy Police Department, in regards to the strong arm robbery at Ramey.
Kettner denied knowing who Robertson was, stating she thought his name was "Thomas," and that he was an acquaintance of her ex-boyfriend.
While interviewing Kettner, she requested to allow her brother go to her residence and retrieve her dog that had been left there alone. It was at that residence that Kettner's brother, along with a Pierce City police officer, located Robertson inside.
Egleston took Robertson into custody and transported him to the Barry County jail.
A court date for Robertson has yet to be set. Kettner has an arraignment scheduled for Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
Robertson and Kettner may have been involved with criminal activity in several other counties, and investigations into those incidents are still ongoing.
"I would like to thank all of the people who shared the suspect's photo online and provided information during the investigation," Lowe said. "I would also like to thank the Pierce City Police Department and Monett Police Department for their assistance with this investigation."