Bomb squad investigates device in Marshall County after robbery arrest

A man and woman from Marshall County were arrested Tuesday morning on charges they robbed a convenience store in Paducah, in an incident that resulted in the bomb squad being called, according to police. 

Paducah police officers and Marshall County sheriff’s deputies found the two wanted people — 25-year-old Joseph Kimbrell and 24-year-old Bethany Woodford Tubbs — around 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 at a home on Old Olive Road in Hardin.

Police say investigators found what looked like an explosive device during a search of the home, and the Paducah police bomb squad was called in. Squad members "rendered the device safe," the police department says. 

The robbery happened at the Superway on Hinkleville Road early June 4. Tubbs is accused of going into the store, pulling a handgun on the clerk, and demanding money. Police say the clerk activated an alarm and Tubbs fled with a 12 pack of beer. Kimbrell is accused of driving the getaway car, and pointing a handgun at the clerk as he drove away. 

Police say Kimbrell was on parole when he was arrested and has previous felony convictions, including robbery and attempted murder of a police officer.

The two have been charged with first degree robbery, and they were jailed in the Marshall County Jail. They have since been transferred to the McCracken County Regional Jail. 

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