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KFC armed robbery suspect arrested after Rock Hill police chase

Rachel Southmayd
rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com
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    Jeffrey Scott Coley
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    A police car sits outside the KFC on E. Main Street after an armed robbery was reported on Monday afternoon.

ROCK HILL A Fort Mill man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the robbery of the KFC in Rock Hill on Monday afternoon.

Jeffrey Coley, 50, was arrested after a police pursuit and two accidents.

Police were on the lookout for a green Dodge Neon with a North Carolina license tag after a man in that vehicle allegedly robbed the restaurant on East Main Street at the drive through window.

On Tuesday afternoon around 12:35, officers saw the Neon while they were working on a traffic collision at the intersection of Crawford Road and Taylor Street. They activated their blue lights and siren, but Coley didn’t stop and led them on a pursuit to Heckle Boulevard, then north through the city before ending at Cel-river Road and Eden Terrace.

Officers deployed stop sticks, which caused Coley to crash into a ditch. While trying to evade officers, he hit another vehicle at the intersection of Dave Lyle Boulevard and Springsteen Road. No one was injured.

The cash drawer from the KFC robbery was still in Coley’s car.

After crashing into the ditch, Coley was arrested and charged with armed robbery, possession of a handgun during a violent crime. He will also face traffic violations from Rock Hill Police and South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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