An unbuckled seat belt and a matching shirt led to the arrest of a West Paducah man in connection with a pair of local robberies.
Cory T. Phillips, 26, of Metropolis Lake Road, is charged with first-degree robbery and receiving stolen property, firearm.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday evening, an employee of Country Inn and Suites in Paducah was held at gunpoint by a man – later identified as Phillips – who was wearing a white Spyder brand shirt and sock cap.
The clerk threw money on the counter and, after the robber placed his gun on the counter to collect the money, she grabbed the gun, pointing it at Phillips, who fled. The robber then returned and the clerk aimed it at him again. This time he drove away in a dark-colored passenger car.
Paducah Police recovered the handgun at the scene and determined it had been stolen in late September. The Spyder shirt and hat were also found nearby.
McCracken County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dylan Cook stopped a gray Dodge Stratus Tuesday afternoon after he saw the driver, Phillips, was not wearing a seat belt.
Cook said Phillips acted nervous and started to question him before finding a stolen Apple computer — from the same September robbery as the gun — and an identical shirt to the one recovered Monday evening in the vehicle.
Paducah Police Detective Jason Hicks, the lead investigator on the robbery, connected the computer, gun and shirts, which led to Phillips’ arrest.
Phillips was booked in McCracken County Regional Jail.