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Second Goodwill robber arrested

coxLenzee Cox, 33, was arrested Thursday morning at a trailer in Bronston after Somerset Police officers received a tip as to her possible location.

Cox was charged with outstanding warrants robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment for her suspected role in the October 19 robbery.

Also arrested was Gregory A. Coots, 21, on a charge of Hindering Apprehension Second Degree for reportedly aiding Cox by allowing her to hide in his trailer.

Somerset Police say Cox and Albert David Swihart attempted to rob a Goodwill store in the Tradewinds shopping plaza on the night of October 19.

The pair fled the scene of the robbery when officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Somerset Police Department spotted Swihart on West Columbia Avenue. Swihart, armed with a handgun, then turned the weapon on himself police say. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cox had been on the run since that evening and the subject of an intense search.

Somerset Police states officers had visited the trailer where Cox was ultimately found several times during the course of their search, but last Thursday was the first time they were able to locate the suspect.

McCreary County authorities believe Cox had returned to McCreary County on more than one occasion after the robbery, and have been sharing information with Pulaski County law enforcement to aid their investigations.

Last week Cox was spotted near Beulah Heights Road and officers conducted a search for the suspect after she fled into the woods before officers arrived on scene.

A K-9 unit tracked Cox for a while before the trail disappeared at the side of a road. Officers believe she may have gotten into a vehicle at that point and fled the area.

Sheriff Randy Waters said he is investigating if Cox received help from individuals locally over the past two weeks, and may be seeking indictments for aiding and abetting the fugitive.

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