Last updated: July 18. 2013 5:06PM -
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PRESTONSBURG - A man recently convicted of robbery charges in Pike County was sentenced to five years in jail Friday on charges stemming from several drive-by purse-snatches he made in Pike County.
Jeffery Stewart, 28, of Pike County, was indicted April 7 and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Stewart was not charged with robbery in Floyd County because the robberies occurred in Pike County while he was apprehended in Floyd County.
The incidents took place at Magic Mart and Food City in Pike County, where Stewart cruised through the parking lots of each store and grabbed women's purses as he passed by. Police were called when his car struck a woman he attempted to rob and she was dragged for a short time as she held on to her purse. Stewart fled the scene and Kentucky State Police were contacted and soon found him in Floyd County.
While he was being pursued, KSP Trooper Brad Hamilton witnessed Stewart throw some papers out of his window. When he was later arrested, he was found to be in possession of checks that he had stolen which he had already filled out to himself.
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