Craig man flashes BB gun, steals cigarettes, gets arrested |

Craig man flashes BB gun, steals cigarettes, gets arrested

Patrick Kelly

Craig local Destrie Shroyer, 29, was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly took a pack of cigarettes from the west Kum & Go and flashed a BB gun that appeared to be a real firearm.

"Definitely not smart," said Craig Police Department Commander Bill Leonard.

Leonard said the incident unraveled after a woman attempting to purchase cigarettes was unable to provide identification to the store clerk and the sale was denied.

The young woman allegedly went outside the store and asked her boyfriend Shroyer to purchase the cigarettes, according to the arrest warrant.

Shroyer went to purchase the tobacco but the clerk caught on and said the smokes would not be sold to him if they were actually for the woman who was just refused.

He then put money on the counter, lifted his coat to flash what appeared to be a pistol on his waist and left with the cigarettes.

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The arrest warrant states that as Shroyer flashed his weapon, he asked the clerk, "What are you gonna do about it?"

Although it didn't turn out to be a real gun, the warrant expresses the fear the clerk felt upon its reveal.

"It turned out it was a very realistic BB gun," said Leonard. "But realistic to the point that anybody, including officers, without actually handling the firearm, would assume that it was a real firearm."

The original incident took place around 1 p.m. at the Kum & Go on the west end of Craig, 1302. W. Victory Way, but Shroyer was not contacted and arrested until later that day. He still had the BB gun in his possession.

Shroyer was charged with robbery, aggravated robbery, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, menacing and violation of bond conditions. His first appearance was on Friday and bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

"Even though it is just a BB gun it's charged as it is a weapon. Anybody seeing that would assume that it was actually a firearm," Leonard said.

At the time of the incident, Shroyer was out on bond from a September arrest when a Craig police officer allegedly found a marijuana grinder, oxycodone, a methamphetamine pipe and 15.5-inch sharpened metal rod concealed on his person.

Kristie Bell, communications director at Kum & Go, said employees are trained to cooperate fully with any potential robbers and contact local authorities.

"Our associate and customer safety is of upmost importance," she said.

Local management was unavailable for comment.