Sevierville man charged in alleged armed robbery

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

An alleged armed robbery that netted a pack of cigarettes, a lighter and less than $20 could result in some serious jail time for a local man.

Jeffrey Glenn Wright, 38, of Mary Lee Way in Sevierville was charged Monday with aggravated robbery.

Sevierville police say Wright slipped into a car while the owner, a woman, was sitting inside it in the Wal-Mart parking lot sometime after 4 a.m. Saturday.  The woman was a store employee who had gone out to the vehicle during her break, Sevierville police spokesman Bob Stahlke said.

“(The robber) displayed what appeared to the victim to be a handgun and told her to give him all her money and cigarettes,” Sevierville Detective Ray Brown said in the warrant for Wright’s arrest.

After she gave him everything she had, Wright left her car and got into the passenger side of a Toyota Camry.

Sevierville police officer Paul Laymon didn’t see the robbery, but saw Wright run across the lot and get into the Camry. He became suspicious, and tried to stop the car even before the victim called police dispatchers and reported the crime, Stahlke said.

However, the driver refused to stop and fled down Park Road. The car stopped at Burden Hill, and both occupants fled on foot, Stahlke said.

Sevierville police searched the area with assistance from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and the Pigeon Forge Police Department, but were unable to find the robber or the driver at that time.

However, subsequent investigation led them to suspect and eventually charge Wright with the crime. He is being held at the Sevier county Jail.

The driver is still at large, but the investigation is ongoing, Stahlke said.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com