Crime

Man charged in Dollar General robbery after second store held up

Berea Police released images of William Hacker and the truck they believe he is driving.
Berea Police released images of William Hacker and the truck they believe he is driving.

A man wanted by Berea police for a Dollar General store robbery on Monday was arrested after a second robbery Wednesday.

A warrant for the arrest of William Joshualan Hacker, 33, of Richmond was obtained Wednesday on a charge of first-degree robbery in the Monday case, police said.

Later Wednesday, a robbery occurred at a Dollar General in Clay County, Berea police Lt. Jake Reed said. Police pursued the suspect and caught Hacker in Laurel County.

Police were called at 6:18 p.m. Monday to the Dollar General store on Prince Royal Drive in Berea on a report of a robbery. A man had entered the business, handed a note to the clerk demanding money and showed that he had a handgun.

After the clerk complied, the man took the money and left in a small black pickup truck that looked like it might have been spray painted, according to police. After the robbery at Prince Royal Drive, investigators learned that the man had been in a second Dollar General earlier and stolen the long-sleeve camouflage shirt he wore in the robbery.

Hacker is being held in Laurel County.

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