Area couple charged in armed robberies



By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Northeast Mississippi couple was arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a three-day crime spree.

Anthony Glenn Poe, 35, of Smithville, had his bond set at $1 million, and Karen Michelle Barker, 49, of Oxford, had her bond set at $10,000 in the Lee County Justice Court on Monday morning.

Poe was charged with the April 17 armed robbery of a woman at the Tupelo Nursing and rehabilitation center on Briar Ridge Road, while Barker was charged with accessory to armed robbery.

The two are also charged with another armed robbery and passing bad checks.

Tupelo Police Sgt. Lynette Sandlin said they believe the pair went from Tupelo to Columbus, then Pickens County, Ala., and Northport, Ala., and then back to the Tupelo area.

Officials with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office allege the two followed a woman home and robbed her in her yard on Reform-Gordo Road after the woman exited her vehicle. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Lowndes County and Northport, Ala., officials have placed uttering forgery charges against the two.

A Pontotoc County deputy initiated a traffic stop on the Poe and Barker were in Saturday night after Tupelo Police sent out a description of their vehicle earlier in the week.

Poe and Barker fled in an older model silver Mercury Sable. The suspects wrecked the vehicle in Tupelo, behind the Scottish Inn, at which point Poe allegedly ran from the scene on foot but was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

The two then evaded police, initiating a chase into Tupelo where Sandlin said they voluntarily stopped near the Scottish Inn Saturday evening.

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  • mike ashby

    He seems to like to pick on people who can’t defend themselves. Maybe he can try me on for size. I would like to beat the brakes off that a**hole.