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Ohio couple accused of holding up truck stop in Montgomery County

An Ohio couple is accused of holding up a Pilot truck stop at gunpoint in Montgomery County.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 11:08 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 2:38 PM

WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) - An Ohio couple is accused of holding up a Pilot truck stop at gunpoint in Montgomery County.

Winona Police Chief Tommy Bibbs confirms the incident happened Thursday morning at the stop on Highway 82, west of Interstate 55.

The couple was captured 20 minutes later in Carroll County, not far from the interstate.

They were in a blue Toyota RAV4 with Ohio plates. 

The suspects are identified as Sammy Bolen, 37, and Melinda Moore, 35, both of Ohio.

Police say the couple used prop guns and got an undetermined amount of money. Police later described the guns as CO2-powered air soft weapons.

Police say it's hard to tell the difference between that and a real pistol for an average person.

"Yeah, they got what I believe was about $963," said Investigator Dan Herod.

The money has been recovered. The suspects are being transported to Winona.

Herod says the main reason police were able to capture the couple so quickly is because of the store's manager who gave detailed description of the suspects, their vehicle, direction of travel and even the air soft pistol that was used.

"The call came in at 9:07 a.m. and by 9:21 a.m., they were in custody," the investigator said.

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