Lt. C.D. Rockel, who worked on the case throughout Thursday night along with two other officers of the Williamson Police Department, Sgt. G.P. Dotson and Patrolman Jimmy Smith, announced the arrests of John William Fields, 44, of Williamson Towers in East Williamson, and Arvil Martin, 49, of Dan's Branch near Chattaroy.
The pair was arraigned Friday morning before Chief Mingo County Magistrate Eugene Crum and remanded to Southwestern Regional Jail near Holden in lieu of $3,000 bond each.
Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police are seeking the store manager, Tim Cook, with plans to charge him with burglary and grand larceny of the Family Dollar Store.
In piecing together the facts of the case, Rockel said it was determined that Cook had allegedly staged a robbery of the store's cash registers and theft of a quantity of merchandise in the wake of a June flooding of the store. Rockel said the stolen merchandise was valued at approximately $2,000.
"We received a call about the store robbery and it seems that, apparently, a former store manager came by the Williamson Tower housing complex in East Williamson and recognized merchandise being loaded on to a pickup truck parked behind the Towers," said Rockel. "The former manager, a woman, notified the district manager of Family Dollar Stores who came from Danville, W.Va., to file criminal complaints against Fields and Martin. The stolen merchandise was turned over to him, Rockel said.
Another twist to the story came when it became known that the Sidney store's manager, or former manager (Tim Cook), had reported only several thousand dollars as being taken from the store's cash register in June. He had not reported theft of any merchandise. Then a district store manager came to the Sidney store and thought the shelves looked empty considering a recent delivery of merchandise had been made prior to the flooding. In addition, only one foot of flood water had invaded the store and could not have affected the shelves located at higher levels.
Rockel said the woman suspected an individual and reported this to the district manager. He said an investigation in the case is continuing in Williamson and Pike County, Ky.