The man charged with armed robbery at a local credit union late yesterday afternoon made his first appearance in Marshall District Court this morning and remains lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond.
Jeffrey M. Tapp, 63, of Benton, is charged with robbery, 1st degree, a Class B felony and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony following the armed robbery which took place at Lake Chem Community Federal Credit Union in Draffenville just before 4 p.m. on Oct. 15.
According to the citation filed by Detective Jody Cash with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, police were quickly able to determine in which car the suspect, reportedly armed with a handgun, had fled from the scene following the robbery. The report states only that “a large amount of cash was taken by the suspect,” but does not detail the specific amount.
Within approximately 40 minutes of the initial incident officers with the MCSO, Benton Police Department and Kentucky State Police were able to stop the vehicle driven by Tapp at the intersection of Highway 408 and Highway 68. In the vehicle, officers found a weapon and clothing matching description from the credit union staff.
While at the MCSO and post Miranda rights, Tapp allegedly admitted committing the robbery to detectives and “provided details that would not have otherwise been known.” According to the citation, he provided police with information that led to the recovery of a large sum of cash hidden in the vehicle as well as a large sum of cash at an additional location in Benton. He also allegedly told police the location of additional clothing he had discarded between the time of the robbery and the time of the traffic stop in an effort to prevent discovery, which was recovered by police.
Lake Chem issued a statement acknowledging the robbery but reporting no employees were harmed. The bank states it will not release any further information about the event and thanked the community for concern and continued support.
Marshall District Judge Jack Telle entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Tapp during his arraignment hearing Wednesday morning and appointed a public defense attorney to represent him. Tapp is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.