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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have cracked a string of robberies that have plagued Kentuckiana for months. Two men are behind bars charged with 23 robberies just in Louisville. They're also suspected of two other holdups in Radcliff, one in Clarksville at Stumpy's Food Mart and one in Jeffersonville.
"It's been a huge relief not only for us but also for the victims of these crimes," said Sgt. Josh Carr of LMPD's Robbery Unit.
Thirty-three-year-old Shaundrell Robinson and Troy Gaines, who is 22, are charged in a string of business robberies that began in late November and continued almost daily.
It ended at this Speedway Station off Preston Highway at 4:00 this morning. Police say Detective Shawn Bell, part of a special detail formed to crack the case, caught Gaines in the act.
"Looking around in that area for businesses like on the list that they had robbed. The Speedway was right there in that area of Preston and Trio. He rode by that business and looked in there and observed the holdup taking place," said Sgt. Eric Black of the LMPD Robbery Unit.
Robinson was caught in the getaway car a short time later.
The suspects primarily hit convenience stores and restaurants. Police say they robbed this Shell station on Crittenden Dr. this past Tuesday.
"He opened up the register, and that's when the guy pulled a gun on him and said just step back. Give me the money," said store clerk Aheran Hill.
Hill was not the clerk who was held up here. But he's glad the alleged robbers are now behind bars.
"You got to pay the time for the crime, so sorry about his luck. He needs to do his time, but at least I don't have to worry about him trying to come in here and do it again after he's done it once and got out the door," said Hill.
As the surveillance photos show, the suspects were always armed. Investigators says Gaines fired shots during two of the robberies but no one was hurt.
"Life in the fast lane. Substance abuse, strip clubs, and just deciding not to go to work everyday. They said it just fueled everyday when they needed money. Partying and substance abuse was the catalyst behind it," said Det. Black.
Police say both Robinson and Gaines have long arrest records. Now, they're both charged with 23 counts of first degree robbery, and could face more charges in Kentucky and Indiana.