Following up on a tip about an armed robbery arrest in Weber County and a subsequent posting in the Ogden Standard Examiner, Box Elder County detectives were able to track down the man who robbed Lainie’s Country Store in Honeyville at gunpoint on Oct. 12.
Robert Martinez, 23, confessed to robbing Lainie’s after detectives interviewed him in the Weber County Jail, where he had been booked after he and two others were arrested for committing a similar robbery at a Maverik Convenience Store in Ogden just days after the Honeyville incident. One of those accomplices was 20-year-old Kathryn “Katie” Adams, who also admitted to driving the getaway vehicle in Honeyville. Both are originally from the Tremonton area but were living in Ogden.
The Oct. 12 robbery took place about 6:45 p.m., when only two people were inside the store, the store owner and clerk, Lainie Maybury, and another customer. Martinez asked for change for a $10 bill and then brandished a pistol, demanding all the money in the register. Maybury complied and he left the store, getting into a vehicle driven by Adams.
Detective Cordell Thompson said the investigation was at a standstill with few leads in the case except a possible vehicle description and a “good description of the suspect” given by the witnesses. But a story about the Ogden arrest in the newspaper and a picture of Martinez “caught our eye,” Thompson said. “The M.O. was the same.” The picture of Martinez closely fit the description from witnesses, as well. Thompson said he and Detective Larry Blanchard also followed up on an informant’s tip suggesting Martinez might be their man.
After one of the witnesses positively identified Martinez in a photo line-up, the detectives traveled to Weber County to “chat” with him, Thompson said. It didn’t take long for him to “come clean. He said he was high and wanted drug money. Honeyville was off the beaten path and they didn’t expect any problems.”
Martinez and Adams will appear in court on Dec. 2, on first degree felony charges of aggravated robbery. Additional charges could be added, Thompson said.