Terrance K. Dockery, 18, has been charged by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox with robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action. Sherman R. Starr, 36, has been charged with robbery in the first degree, and Heidi D. Starr, 35, has been charged with receiving stolen property.
According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, the robbery occurred at approximately 10:42 p.m. on May 12. A white male entered the store, came up to the counter like he was going to buy something and then went behind the counter and demanded money from the clerk.
The clerk opened the cash drawer, and the robber grabbed the money. The man then pulled out a black club and struck the clerk in the left temple before running out of the store.
Chief Schweder said three people witnessed the crime and were interviewed by Sgt. Jerry Harrison and Officers Don Massengill and Steve Richardson, who investigated the initial robbery. A crime scene investigator processed the scene and collected evidence.
A follow-up investigation was conducted by Detective George Daoud who discovered that Dockery, the robbery suspect, was working with one of the witnesses at the scene of the crime. According to Daoud's report, the witness, Sherman Starr, provided Dockery with transportation to and from the scene. Heidi Starr was implicated when she used the stolen money to pay a personal bill.
Dockery remains in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. Heidi Starr posted bond of $4,900 and was released pending arraignment. Sherman Starr has made arrangements to surrender to law enforcement officers on July 5.
"We could not have solved this very serious crime without the help of citizens who were willing to become involved," said Chief Schweder. "I commend the police officers for their hard work and those citizens who care about crime in their community."