Police: Woman Robs Store Claiming to Have Bomb Strapped to Chest

By: Tim Irr - Email
By: Tim Irr - Email

RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A woman who claimed to have a bomb strapped to her chest was quickly arrested after police say she held up a convenience store in Greenup County.

Holley Gambill's confession took place outside the Raceland Police Department, where officers say there was no bomb -- but there were some serious charges.

"I regret everything I have done," Gambill told WSAZ.com.

Surveillance video shows Gambill in jean shorts, standing patiently at the counter of the Super Quik convenience store Thursday afternoon, conveniently located near the Raceland Police Department.

Gambill, 34, of Raceland, admitted to showing the clerk at the store a handwritten note with the threat of a bomb if she didn't get money.

"I didn't think she had a bomb," said Loren Huffman, one of the clerks on duty at the time of the holdup. "But she did have a purse, which could have held anything from a knife to a gun to a small syringe."

Huffman said he remained calm, hitting the panic button, slipping away to call 911 and quietly ushering customers out the back door. Right after Holley Gambill got away with some cash, police picked her up.

"They were able to surround her and get her away from the car she was attempting to get in," Raceland Police Chief Donald Sammons told WSAZ.com. "They determined she did not have a bomb."

Gambill was charged with robbery, terrorist threatening and two drug charges. She says she did it all for her daughter.

"I'm her mother, and I want her to have everything she needs," Gambill said. "And I'm poor."

Gambill's boyfriend was also arrested. Raceland Police say Ronnie Hicks, 57, of Raceland, helped write the note demanding cash.

Officers also found marijuana and other drugs in his home.

Hicks is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and several drug charges.

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