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Man faked robbery at Harlan pawn shop

A Harlan County man is behind bars and accused of faking a robbery at the pawn shop where he worked.

According to WYMT-TV Tony Arwood, 47, was arrested Monday after police executed a search warrant at his home.

Arwood was a clerk at V & J Pawn Shop in downtown Harlan. He told police on January 12 somebody pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet and money from the register.

Arwood also reported two other robberies while working at the pawn shop in the past month.

During a search of Arwood's home on Coal Street in Harlan, police looked for missing items from the shop and pawn tickets.

Thomas said he believes some customers paid Arwood to get their guns out of pawn but he was pocketing the money instead of giving it to the store.

Thomas confirmed police found "some evidence" during the search.

Arwood is charged with 13 counts of theft by unlawful taking in relation to the firearms, one separate count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of falsely reporting an incident and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Each count is a class D felony that carries one to five years in prison.

Arwood was fired from the pawn shop last week.

Arwood was taken to the Harlan County Detention Center on a full, $20 thousand cash bond.

Arwood declined comment as he was being arrested. His family members also declined to comment.

Filed under: Harlan Co. | Police investigate


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