PD: Men arrested for robbery outside Casey’s

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BROOKINGS – Two men were arrested after allegedly robbing a person in the parking lot, then buying beer and cigarettes with the stolen money at Casey’s General Store, according to Brookings Police.

Officers were called about 8 p.m. Monday to the Casey’s on Eighth Street South for a robbery in progress, Sgt. Joel Perry said.

Arrested were Douglas Deverney, 31, and Ward Deverney, 33, both of Brookings, Perry said.

“These two individuals approached men in a vehicle and demanded money,” Perry said.

They were given two $20 bills, he added.

Both the alleged victim and a Casey’s employee called police.

“The two suspects then went inside the store and purchased beer and cigarettes with the stolen money,” Perry said.

By the time the transaction was done, officers were on the scene.

“When they came out, they were arrested,” Perry said.

A probable cause statement from Brookings Police said one of the suspects allegedly claimed to have a gun, but no weapons were found. Alcohol was reportedly a factor.

The pair are facing charges of second-degree robbery; Ward Deverney is facing charges of obstructing an officer; and other charges are pending.

Both men are being held on $15,000 cash-only bond at the Brookings County Detention Center.

If they cannot post bond, the suspects will appear for a bond hearing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Brookings County State’s Attorney’s Office.