CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Deputies still are on the hunt for one man accused in the robbery of a Cross Lanes convenience store after his alleged accomplice turned himself in to authorities.
Gay Washington, 38, of Dalewood Drive in Cross Lanes turned himself in to Cpl. J.A. Ratliff on Tuesday afternoon, Detective Sean Snuffer said.
Washington was supposed to have turned himself in earlier Tuesday but couldn't make that appointment, the detective said. He made arrangements then to surrender later in the day and was taken into custody without incident.
Deputies obtained warrants on Tuesday morning for Washington and Tyler A. Williams, 22.
The media's release of photographs from the early morning robbery led to tips that led to the identity of the suspects. The two men allegedly went to the Go-Mart, located at 123 Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes, about 5 a.m. Monday, Snuffer said.
Washington encouraged Williams to break into the business and steal bank bags, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Washington drove Williams to and from the store in a black Ford Ranger and served as a "look out" as Williams entered the building through a back door, the complaint said.
While Williams was inside the building, Washington stood outside near the side of the building and stripped down to his boxers and socks, Snuffer said. The man then paced around and tried to enter a locked exterior bathroom.
Snuffer said Washington told detectives he had been Dumpster diving. Detectives asked Washington why he took his clothes off, to which he replied that he "had some stank-ass pants on," Snuffer said.
The clerk was assisting customers in the store and was not aware anyone had entered the back of the store. Cpl. Ratliff wrote in the complaint that Washington later helped Williams destroy the bank bags after the robbery.
The warrant for Williams' arrest charges him with breaking and entering. Washington has been charged with accessory before the fact to breaking and entering and breaking and entering, both felonies.
He is being held at South Central Regional Jail.Anyone with information can send a tip to http://www.kanawhasheriff.us/law-enforcement/tips/ or call the sheriff's department at 304-357-0169.