James C. Kelley

James C. Kelley

A Cherokee County judge on Wednesday denied bond for a man accused of flashing a gun at employees of Dollar General in Keys as he robbed the store recently.

James G. Kelley allegedly entered the Dollar General store, spent some time inside, and asked to purchase some cigarettes. Kelley claimed he did not have any identification, and asked to speak with a manager, according to Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies.

When the manager arrived at the counter, Kelley allegedly demanded store employees open the register and give him the cash.

He then raised a shirt to show a gun tucked in his pants, deputies said.

Employees gave Kelley around $300, and he left the store.

Investigators and deputies were unable to find Kelley immediately after the robbery, but surveillance footage helped ID him, according to Capt. Bob Sanders.

Kelley was stopped Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 62 south of Tahlequah, and was then arrested.

He appeared in district court Wednesday morning, where Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins chose not to set a bond.

Kelley is accused of first-degree armed robbery, and is facing similar charges based on his 2013 arrest for allegedly robbing a store in Caney Ridge off of State Highway 100.

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