Resident’s truck stolen; Suspect wanted

Published 8:56 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Covington County resident was in the wrong place at the wrong time after his GMC pickup truck was stolen Monday night by a man police believe is behind a string of armed robberies in several states.

Poli-ce said Tue-sday the suspect was identified as Kenneth Wood Jr., and he remains at large after fleeing from police no fewer than three times in two days.

Wood first came into the spotlight after a Monday night armed robbery call at the Inland Gas Station in Geneva. When police responded, Wood had allegedly fled in a 2000 GMC Sierra belonging to an unidentified county man with an address McKenzie resident.

A second robbery was reported at an Eston, Fla., Chevron Station, a short time later. But, once again, Wood fled the scene before Holmes County, Fla., deputies arrived.

Wood is believed to have robbed a third station – this one in Perry, Fla., – just after 1 a.m.

Reports indicate a Taylor County, Fla., deputy caught up with the vehicle on U.S. Hwy. 19, just north of Salem, Fla., but Wood allegedly abandoned the local man’s truck and fled on foot.

Since then, Wood is believed to have stolen at least two other vehicles and remains at large.

Wood, a registered sex offender in Delaware, is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Police say he may be behind numerous robberies in several states.