Chumney murder suspect believed to have robbed West Virginia store

Chumney murder suspect believed to have robbed West Virginia store

Officers with the Kanawha Sheriff's Department in West Virginia believe 29-year-old Robert Clark, a suspect in the murder of Doyle and Lillian Chumney, robbed the Little General BP store Saturday evening.

Multiple sources at Kanawha told 19 Action News they're exploring the possibility that Clark and two others robbed the clerk at gunpoint after attempting a purse snatching in the parking lot.

In the armed robbery, authorities are looking for Clark, 28-year-old Jeffrey Caley of Canton and 26-year-old Tabatha Hazel, also of Canton.

According to investigators, 21-year-old Jeffrey Craig Stewart and Clark are believed to be responsible for the murders of Doyle and Lillian Chumney, of Strasburg, who were reported missing from their Tuscarawas County home on Jan. 21 Their bodies were discovered in their burned vehicle, which was found abandoned on a secluded road in Bakersville, Ohio, in Coshocton County the next day.

The full release from Kanawha is below:

On January 31, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a robbery was reported at the Little General BP store on Sissonville Drive near the Pocatalico exit of I-77. Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene.

Three white males were involved. First they attempted a purse snatching on the parking lot, but the female victim fled before the robbery was completed. They entered the store, brandished a sawed-off shotgun and pistol, and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk fled and called 911. The robbers then stole a wallet from a patron of the store.

They fled in a dark green minivan, either a Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Town and Country. It bore a license plate from the State of Ohio. The three suspects are each white males. Two are of a noticeably smaller stature than the third.

They were later at another store in Jackson County, WV. Investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office believe they were about to rob that store when something interrupted them and they left the store.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or their whereabouts is asked to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip to our website at

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