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Cato robbery may be solved

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Jan. 20 robbery of the Brazil Cato store has apparently been solved.

Brazil Police have learned that Robert W. Poppe, a man arrested in Floyd County on Thursday, confessed to robbing the Brazil Cato store, and he implicated two other men, Matthew D. Shaw and Charles E. Poppe, both of Jeffersonville, Ind.

On Jan. 20, Sgt. David Archer and Officer Christopher Blila of the Brazil Police Department and Clay County Deputies Jeff Maynard and Dan Best responded to an alarm at the Cato Store in Forest Park Plaza on National Ave.

The officers determined someone had entered the store through the roof and exited through the back door, setting off the alarm.

Brazil Police Detective Martin S. Beasley was contacted and photographed the scene, recovering possible suspect fingerprints from the back door.

The store manager told police an undisclosed amount of cash was missing from its storage location inside the store.

On Jan. 21, Brazil Police Officer Todd Stemm recovered two green money bags with Cato written on the outside. He was also able to collect some stolen items and more information in the investigation.

A citizen gave Brazil police a description of a male subject at the Speedway Store and transported to the Brazil Shell to use the pay phone.

Phone records indicated the person had called a cell phone with a Louisville, Ky., area code. Beasley determined the phone belonged to a female in Jeffersonville. She said the phone was being used by her son-in-law.

Beasley also had a surveillance camera tape from the Shell station analyzed and found 10 still photos that were taken from the tape and enhanced.

On Jan. 25, Terry Viandos of the Cato Corp., called to say he did not think the Brazil robbery was an isolated incident. Detectives in Frankfort, Lexington and Bardstown, Ky., were working cases similar to the one in Brazil.

The Clay County Prosecutor's office expects to file charges in connection with the robbery.

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