Maxwell McGuire, 24, of 24 12th St., South Portsmouth, Ky. was arrested and charged for the armed robbery of the Speedway Convenient Store at Gallia and Kendall in Portsmouth. The girl police say was in the car with McGuire was reportedly interviewed by police after the arrest.
According to the police report the girl, who was detained until her mother could pick her up, first told Portsmouth drug detective Steve Timberlake McGuire could not have committed the robbery because he was with her.
Later, though, the girl reportedly told police she was aware McGuire was going to rob Speedway and she had been in the vehicle with him at the time.
Timberlake said he learned from McGuire that the juvenile was actually the driver when he went into the store to pull off the robbery.
Timberlake said when she was confronted with what McGuire had said, she admitted to being the driver.
McGuire was taken into custody in the 1800 block of Wayne Avenue by detectives after being spotted by the newest member of the Portsmouth Police Drug Unit, Josh Justice.
Meanwhile, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper says his office is working in cooperation with the Portsmouth Police Department in the case. Deputies from the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office, along with detectives from the PPD, served a search warrant at McGuire’s address in reference to information obtained in the case.
Cooper said items obtained in the search warrant were clothing and a weapon that he believes was used in the robbery.
Detective Andy Dawes said he was also questioning McGuire about the armed robbery of a Papa John’s Pizza delivery person.
Frank Lewis may be reached at (740) 353-3101 Ext. 232.