Police arrest two more in Smithers robbery
The investigation into an armed robbery in Smithers continues as two more arrests were made and charges against a former police officer were dropped and refiled.
Fayette prosecutors made a motion to dismiss the single count of armed robbery against Donald Scott Wills, 44, of Smithers Thursday, Fayette Magistrate Janice Wiseman said.
Wills, a former Glasgow and Smithers police officer, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on new charges including armed robbery, burglary and conspiracy, according to court documents.
Wills was arrested Tuesday following a home invasion reported Monday evening in Smithers. Witnesses told Smithers police they thought the suspects were pretending to be state troopers.
State Police took over the investigation after receiving new information identifying two additional suspects, Sgt. Michael Baylous said.
Cpl. M.A. Elswick and Sgt. K.E. Tawes developed probable cause to arrest Don Naylor, 48, and Michael Scarbro, 29, both of Smithers. They were charged with armed robbery, burglary and conspiracy.
Baylous said the investigation uncovered more information about Wills' alleged involvement.
Scarbro told troopers that he, Naylor and Wills knew the victim had a new prescription for pain pills and that they formed a plan to rob him. Scarbro said Wills and Naylor went to the home, knocked on the door and shouted they were the police, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette County.
When the victim opened the door, the men pushed it in and Naylor pulled what appeared to be a pistol from his waistband, shouting "Police! get on the floor!" several times, pointing the purported pistol at the victims.
The initial investigation showed the suspects claimed to be troopers. However, further investigation revealed they merely claimed to be law enforcement officers.
Wills, Naylor and Scarbro are being held at Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each.
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