Opp couple jailed for robbery

Published 10:59 pm Thursday, November 6, 2008

An Opp man and his allegedly armed wife were arrested Thursday after they attempted to rob the Mr. Henry’s convenience store in Sanford.

Gerry David Kendrick, 37, and Andrea Lynn Kendrick, 26, was arrested by Covington County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Wesley Snodgrass for first-degree robbery when video surveillance footage showed their alleged involvement in the incident.

“Dispatchers at the 911 Center received a call of a robbery that occurred at the Mr. Henry’s on U.S. Hwy. 84 in the Sanford Community,” Snodgrass said. “Sheriff’s deputies and Andalusia Police both responded, as that Mr. Henry’s is located just outside of the Andalusia Police jurisdiction.”

Snodgrass said APD officer Cody Warren was the first officer on the scene, and with the help of additional APD officers, secured the scene until CCSO Sgt. Kevin Wise and Dep. Jason Ballard arrived on scene.

“Law enforcement personnel reviewed the video from the store’s security system were able to identify the suspect vehicle (the two were using),” he said.

Snodgrass said Andrea Kendrick entered the store, stated she had a gun and demanded money from the clerk.

“She approached the counter and said she had a gun,” he said. “She said she had it in the pocket of her shirt. When she demanded money, the clerk refused to comply with her request.”

At that point, she exited the store and left the scene, Snodgrass said.

“A (Be On the Lookout) was given to all local law enforcement agencies for the suspect vehicle, and luckily Opp police officers Van Simmons and Shayne Arnett located the suspect vehicle on Micholas Street in Opp.”

The store clerk was brought to that location where he identified Andrea Kendrick as the person who had attempted to rob the Mr. Henry’s, Snodgrass said.

“And further information was obtained that placed Gerry Kendrick in the vehicle with Andrea during that time,” he said.

Both suspects are charged with robbery in the first degree, a Class A felony punishable by a term of life in prison or not more than 99 years or less than 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $60,000. Each have a bond of $150,000 and are currently being held in the Covington County Jail.

Snodgrass said even though Gerry Kendrick did not enter the store with his wife, Alabama law states that his act qualifies as complicity in the crime.

“In Alabama, the way it works is that anytime there is a weapon used or someone states they have a weapon- which is what happened in this case, each person involved in the crime is charged with the same level of crime,” he said. “That’s just the way the state does things.”