From The Pineville Ky. Police Department -
(Pineville, Ky.) On Wednesday July 10th Pineville Officer Brandon Hollingsworth responded to a call of a male individual stealing a bicycle off of a porch on Cedar Street.
The man was then caught on camera inside Long's Pic Pac grocery store attempting to steal 18 packs of steaks from the business. He was chased from the store by an employee and she retrieved the meat as he fled the scene.
As you can see his first mugshot, after fleeing from the Pic Pac employee, the man made his way to the Pineville Fire Department and stole the shirt of firefighter Shane Howard to conceal his identity from the attempted theft at the store.
Officer Hollingsworth made contact with a man on Tennessee Avenue matching the description made by the victim(s). He was identified as 49 year old Jerry Robinson of Galax, Virginia even though he told the officer his name was Shane Howard - according to the shirt he was wearing.
Officer Hollingsworth asked Robinson, in possession of the bicycle, to stop and he replied that he didn’t do anything. Robinson then fled the scene on the bicycle with Hollingsworth behind telling him to stop. The officer then gave chase across four lanes of traffic. Robinson had to be tased so he would stop and no longer be a danger to himself or Officer Hollingsworth.
Robinson was finally taken into custody and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with fleeing or evading police 2nd degree – motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking under $500.00, disorderly conduct – 2nd degree, and wanton endangerment – 1st degree – police officer. Asst Chief Curtis Pingleton charged Robinson for the theft of the steaks.
The mother of the child who the bicycle belongs to openly thanked Officer Hollingsworth on her social media page saying that some people wouldn’t have dealt with the situation because "it was just a bike…but he did and we appreciate it.”
Now to add to this story, Robinson had just been released from the Bell County Detention Center an hour or so prior to this incident on similar charges out of Middlesboro. On Tuesday July 9, a short time before 6:30pm, Middlesboro Officers responded to a call of an individual on a bicycle removing items from a Glenwood Park Road residence.
The man, later identified as Robinson, fled the scene on the stolen bike after being spotted by Officer Michael Bradley. Robinson refused to stop for Bradley, assisted by Chief Tom Busic and Officer Robin Venable. He was finally stopped on the corner of 14th street and Cumberland Avenue where he continued to resist arrest and had to be restrained.
Officer Bradley lodged Robinson in the Bell County Detention Center charging him with theft by unlawful taking - bicycles - under $500, theft by unlawful taking - all others - under $500, fleeing or evading police - on foot - 2nd degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct - 2nd degree, no lights on bicycle, riding on the sidewalk - bicycle.