Men facing numerous charges in connection to robbery crime spree

Published: Jul. 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2015 at 11:33 PM EDT
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From left to right: Dominic Cloud, 18 and William Edward Dennison, 18
From left to right: Dominic Cloud, 18 and William Edward Dennison, 18
LMPD Sgt. Eric Black
LMPD Sgt. Eric Black

Louisville, KY (WAVE) - Two young men are accused of robbing 18 gas stations in Louisville, Jeffersontown and Hillview over the course of about a month.

"We seen early on that this was going to be a serial hold up suspect or suspects," said Sgt. Eric Black of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

Police believe Dominic Cloud and William Edward Dennison, both 18-years-old, criss-crossed south east Louisville during the early morning hours for at least a month, taking turns as the robber and getaway driver.

The first gas station hit was the Mapco on Bardstown Road, near Hurstbourne Parkway. It happened on June 18, 2015 around 4 a.m. Police say at this location, one of the men showed a knife. A clerk told us it appeared the man panicked and left without any money.

The same day at 6 a.m., the men went to a gas station on Preston Highway, according to reports. That time, they showed a gun and did get away with cash.

"They certainly did escalate in violence as they went on," Black said.

By July 6, police said the criminals got more brazen, even pointing the gun at a clerk, as seen in surveillance video.

With no leads, police sent out a special team to search for the serial thieves. That's when they spotted an apparent getaway car and took them in.

The two friends were in court Wednesday.

Cloud's parents were present.

"We don't get a lot of parents in here. So it's nice to have you here," the judge told them. She kept the bond at $50,000 cash for both men because of the nature of the crimes, she explained.

Police say this wasn't about drugs, though they didn't say exactly what the money was for.

"More and more young people [are] going into businesses committing armed robberies to get money," Black said.

Black called the men misguided, describing one of them as remorseful even. But, Black said, that's not enough to get them off the hook.

"Unfortunately when you go into a business and stick a gun in somebody's face, it sends, it sends chills in the community and the public. We have to do something about it. We have to get them off the street."

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