Police: Attempted Lexington robbery spree ends with woman charged

cclaybourn@herald-leader.comJune 10, 2011 

Elizabeth Hale

A woman was charged Thursday after she allegedly tried to rob three different Lexington businesses in 45 minutes, police said.

Elizabeth Hale, 50, stole from the Speedway on Tates Creek Road and then attempted to rob the Rite Aid on East High Street and the Neighborhood Grocery on East Seventh Street, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

Hale was arrested at the Neighborhood Grocery after police received information from store owners about Hale, Roberts said.

Witnesses reported Hale allegedly implied she had a gun at the Rite Aid and the Neighborhood grocery and demanded money, Roberts said. However, both robbery attempts were unsuccessful.

Hale faces two robbery charges and one theft by unlawful taking charge.

Roberts said Hale stole from the Speedway but didn't use a weapon. Roberts did not say what was stolen from the Speedway.

Hale was taken to the Fayette County jail where she fell, requiring a trip to the hospital to treat an injury, said jail spokeswoman Jennifer Taylor. Taylor said Hale will be returned to the jail once she's released from the hospital.

The jail Web site's said Hale also was charged with escape.

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