Friday, May 26, 2006

wcco.com - Couple Arrested After 'Bonnie & Clyde'-Style Spree

wcco.com - Couple Arrested After 'Bonnie & Clyde'-Style Spree: "(WCCO) It's a modern day Bonnie and Clyde in central Minnesota. Only police said the couple who went on a crime spree didn't hit banks, they hit liquor and convenient stores in six cities in Stearns and Crow Wing counties.

Investigators said the couple William Kent Miller and Brezzy Ray Lemon would take turns holding up businesses. Their most recent hold up was on Tuesday in Baxter, Minn.

Leah Staneart, a convenience store manager, talked about one of the places the couple hit.

'A man came in here with a gun, and held up an employee for all the cash,' Staneart said.

Sandy Black's store was also hit.

'She came in with a gun, got what she wanted, and went out the back door,' Black said.

Detective Mike Lewandowski of the St. Cloud Police Department said the couple played different roles in the spree. When one was running inside a business, the other would wait in a car to make a fast exit from the scene.

The couple was finally caught after leading police on a high speed chase for 35 miles in Crow Wing County. Lemon managed to run away but was later caught.

At the gas station in St. Cloud, the couple got away with more money because the clerk just happened to be counting cash.

'She was actually counting down the pulltabs and � he was just there,' Staneart said.

Miller and Lemon told police they needed the money to pay for living expenses and drugs.

They have been charged with first degree aggravated robbery, fleeing a peace officer and theft in Crow Wing County.

The couple is being held at the Crow Wing County Jail on $100,000 bail. "
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