A trail of loose change, blood and clothing tied a man to an early morning restaurant robbery in Lexington on Monday.
Chad L. Weathers, 27, of Lexington was found at an apartment complex on Hollow Creek Road. He is charged with first-degree robbery and fleeing and evading police. He entered a not-guilty plea in Fayette District Court on Monday.
Police were still searching Monday for two other men thought to have participated in the robbery.
At 12:42 a.m., police were called to Sir Pizza at 463 West New Circle Road. A caller told dispatchers three men came into the restaurant and pointed a shotgun at the owner, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
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The trio ran with the cash drawer from the register, dropping a quarter, two dimes and seven pennies as they fled through a wooded area, she said. One of the men apparently cut himself, leaving drops of blood that police dogs were able to follow. And the men apparently shed some of their clothes as they ran.
"These suspects made it very easy to track them," Roberts said.
An off-duty officer already had spotted Weathers, who was arrested without incident at an apartment on Hollow Creek, Roberts said. The trail he left behind linked him to the crime, she said.