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April 11, 2011

Robbery suspect caught Sunday

JACKSONVILLE — The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department arrested a man suspected of robbing the Hot Spot convenience store in Mount Selman the morning of March 29.

Shane Kirkland, 20, was apprehended Sunday after the department received a phone tip in which the caller reported Kirkland entering a gold van traveling west on U.S. Hwy. 79, according to a press release issued by the department.

At the time of the arrest, Kirkland was in possession of a 9-mm handgun which had been registered as stolen by the Rusk County Sheriff's Department, according to the release.

Kirkland was arraigned Monday morning and charged with felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated robbery. The charges carry $125,000 and $1 million bonds respectively. He is also being held on a no-bond probation revocation for a Smith County charge of aggravated robbery, according to the release.  

Cherokee County Det. John Raffield said Kirkland has a history of robbery offenses.

“He was arraigned on our aggravated robbery and he was charged with a felony possession of a firearm, which stemmed off his conviction and probation out of Smith County when he robbed pizza delivery guys,” Raffield said.

Kirkland is accused of having stolen money, cigarettes and K2 — an incense that, when ingested, is reported to produce a high similar to marijuana — from the store.

Raffield said the K2 may have played a role in Kirkland's behavior. According to interviews with friends and family, Kirkland was a heavy user of the substance, he said.

Raffield said his detectives worked hard over the weekend to catch Kirkland.

“My detectives were running all over the countryside looking for him,” he said. “They put in a lot of hours, detectives and deputies, running down every lead that came in and they did a really good job.”

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