|Robbery Investigation Results In Award For Officers
September 26, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor Bill
Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen today named Officer Brad Boruff
and Officer John Williams the Officers of the Month for July. Officer
Boruff has been with the department since November 2003. Officer Williams
has been with KPD since August 2000.
Owen said that on July 4, 2006 at approximately 10:50 p.m. officers
responded to an armed robbery call at the Wal-Mart fuel station located
at 7420 Chapman Highway. The clerk at the fuel center claimed an unknown
male dressed in black clothing gave her a note demanding cash from
the register. The victim also claimed the suspect had a handgun, ordered
her to the ground, and told her not to call police.
Chief Owen said, "Officers Boruff and Williams reviewed the surveillance
tape and immediately found several flaws in the victim's story. The
tape reveled that the victim never read the robbery note and the cash
drawer was already open prior to receiving the note."
The officers questioned the victim's husband who had arrived on the
scene during the investigation. During the questioning, he confessed
that he and his wife along with a third person had planned the false
robbery. The officers located the third suspect's residence and was
granted consent to search by the homeowner.
"As the officers walked through the residence the third suspect
and his wife were located in the kitchen. The two were in the process
of cooking heroin on the stove. Multiple needles were also found next
to the stove," said Chief Owen.
The clerk, Crystal Gregory, was arrested and charged with filing a
false report and theft. The clerk's husband, Kenneth Prichard, was
charged with theft. The third suspect, Casey Hill, was charged with
theft, possession of schedule I drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hill's wife, Laura Hill, was charged with possession of schedule I
drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chief Owen said, "These officers conducted a thorough preliminary
investigation which resulted in multiple arrests for very serious
Mayor Haslam said, "We commend these officers for their outstanding
The officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief and a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.
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