Armed robbery attempt made on Danby store


DANBY >> A 27 year-old Danby woman has been taken into custody following an armed robbery she allegedly committed shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

According to a press release from the Vermont state Police, Ashley M. Runnells entered Nichols General Store in Danby holding a large knife and a black hooded sweatshirt and demanded money from the cashier. She then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. A witness at the scene watched her get on a bicycle and ride away. One witness followed her to a nearby residence located on Depot Street in Mt. Tabor.

Vermont State Police Troopers from the Rutland and Shaftsbury Barracks, along with an officer from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, responded to the report of an armed robbery. A Vermont State Police K-9 team was also deployed and conducted a track from the store where the robbery occurred, according to the state police.

Upon questioning residents at the apartment building, a female who was currently staying at that residence fit the description of the female suspect seen in video surveillance cameras inside the store. She confessed to Troopers at the scene about having committed the robbery. The undisclosed amount of cash was recovered along with the clothes and knife she used to commit the robbery. Runnells has been taken into custody and lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.


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