A Somerset man already in hot water over two armed robberies this week had another charge tacked on to his rap sheet yesterday.

William L. Chaney, 22, 1024 New Haven Lane, was charged by Somerset Police in connection with a purse snatching that occurred last Friday in front of the downtown Food Fair.

Chaney was arrested and charged early Tuesday morning in connection with armed robberies on Sunday and Monday at the Nelson Valley Grocery and the Ky. 914 Express Mart.

Also arrested yesterday by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department was the alleged getaway driver in the Nelson Valley Grocery robbery, Lacey J. Tompkins, 21, 11995 West Ky. 80, Nancy. Tompkins was also charged by the Somerset Police Department in connection with the purse snatching incident.

The purse snatching happened just after 7 p.m. on Friday. Somerset Police Lt. Allan Coomer said Shirley Silvers of Somerset was standing outside Food Fair when a white male grabbed the purse off her shoulder, injuring her arm in the process. The suspect then jumped into a Toyota Celica, which took off eastbound on East Mt. Vernon Street.

Coomer said a description and partial license plate number was obtained and a suspect “was developed from the vehicle information.”

The break in this case came after Chaney and Tompkins were apprehended in connection with the armed robberies.

Officers conducted a search of a residence and recovered Silvers’ purse and some of its contents, according to Coomer. Both were charged at the Pulaski County Detention Center, where they are being held in connection with the armed robberies.

Coomer said additional charges may be forthcoming.

Tompkins was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery after the task force investigation revealed that she was involved in the Nelson Valley robbery by driving the vehicle to aid Chaney in the robbery, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The department also learned Tompkins received proceeds from the robbery for her participation in the crime.

Tompkins’ vehicle, a 1987 Toyota Celica, was recovered and seized by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The robbery at Nelson Valley Grocery occurred at 2:12 p.m. Sunday when there were no customers inside or in the parking lot. Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said a male subject entered the grocery with a handgun and demanded cash. Following the robbery, the male subject fled the business, got into a vehicle and left.

Chaney was apprehended early Tuesday morning just hours after a robbery at the 914 Express Mart. He was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in connection with the Monday and Tuesday incidents.

Tompkins and Chaney are lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. Tompkins’ bond is set at $50,000 cash, while Chaney’s has been set at $25,000.

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