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Alleged Kroger robbers have La Grange connection

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Police arrested a man wanted in connection with numerous bank and grocery store robberies across the state on Tuesday following a weekend robbery at the Shelbyville Kroger.
Stewart Ray, 24, and his alleged accomplice, Gregory Mitchell, 29, both of Louisville, were arrested at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at their residence on Lunenburg Lane by Shelbyville Police.
Shortly after the arrests, police discovered the pair are wanted in a string of robberies and that Ray, a former resident of Oldham County, had skipped parole back in September.
No one was injured in any of the robberies, for which Kroger officials said they were thankful.
Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte calls the crimes “serial robberies.”
“After the robbery here Sunday night, we started from scratch and we got information from Kroger representatives that the same person may have been involved in similar robberies in the Lexington area, so we contacted Lexington,” he said.
By Monday afternoon, police identified a fingerprint from the scene.
Other robberies that yielded surveillance photos took place at three Northern Kentucky banks and two Kroger stores in Lexington, said Sherelle Roberts, public information office with Lexington Police.
Schutte said his detectives found out that Ray had also been in custody in La Grange, where he had also been on parole.
“But he had absconded from his parole responsibilities there, and they hadn’t heard from him since September,” he said.
Schutte said the pair faces multiple charges. For Ray, an alleged robbery in Louisville, and a Lexington robbery charge for Mitchell. They are also charged with first-degree robbery of the Shelbyville Kroger.
 “I’m sure there will be a myriad of charges when all is said and done, ” Schutte said.

Lisa King is a staff writer at the Sentinel News in Shelbyville, a sister paper of The Oldham Era. E-mail us about this story at:editor@oldhamera.com.