LYNDON, KY (WAVE) - Three men are behind bars accused of going on an overnight crime spree that ended with a 20-year-old holding up a mailman.
Louisville Metro Police say Edward Pohl of Louisville had a gun in the 8100 block of Woodcreek Court and demanded a U.S. Postal Service employee delivering mail give him money. Arty Fischer, a spokesperson with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said they are asking the U.S. Attorney's Office to charge Pohl with assault of a federal employee. Federal prosecutors have not yet made their ruling.
"Obviously federal charges are more serious," said LMPD Det. Don Wright. "He is a federal employee. These are federal inspectors and federal officers who are investigating it and they will pursue it as they see fit."
Pohl, 25-year-old Roscoe Nuckols and 21-year-old Kyle Norris are facing half a dozen burglary and attempted burglary charges for businesses two or three blocks away.
"They busted the window out and reached in and grabbed my tool box and it tilted back against the wall," said Dennis Brock who works at Trango Transmission on New LaGrange Road. "It just sat there. They didn't get nothing."
Police say they found a cash register from the Starving Artist's Café and Deli and stolen tools at Pohl's apartment. The burglars got away with only about $50.
"I think due to time constraints, fear, and just confusion," said Wright. "When it comes to committing acts like that they grabbed what they could and left quickly."
Wright tells WAVE 3 they believe the men were on drugs. Pohl is charged with possession of a controlled substance. According to the arrest slip, an officer found a bag on the floor of the police station near Pohl with small white tablets in it.
"They were so under the influence of narcotics that when the sun came up they didn't realize and they kept doing it," said Wright.
Once arrested police used surveillance video and linked all three to an attempted robbery at the Dura Mart in the 1400 block of 7th Street. The clerk tells WAVE 3 one man had a bandana covering his face, who indicated he had a weapon, but the clerk was able to lock to door before they got inside.