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Woman Arrested In Gas Station Robberies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A woman has been arrested for allegedly robbing two south Nashville gas stations.

Betsy James, 46, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a weapon, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

The clerk at the Shell in the 800 block of Murfreesboro Pike told police he locked the door just before 4 a.m. so he could go to the bathroom, and when he got back a woman was waiting outside the door.

When he opened the doors, he said she took her shoes off to prop open the door, and then lifted her shirt to reveal a handgun in her waistband. She demanded cigarettes and cash, and fled the scene with approximately $150 and 20 packs of cigarettes.

Investigators located James at a nearby apartment after K-9 followed a scent. They asked residents if they recognized the description of the robber seen on surveillance, and they identified James who lived in one of the apartments.

When officers knocked on the door, James answered and they could see several packs of cigarettes in plain view.

When police moved into arrest her, they said she resisted and grabbed for something in her waistband. They were able to take her into custody, and found a handgun and a glass pipe on her person.

During an interview, James admitted to the Shell robbery, and that she also robbed the Mapco on Lebanon Road on December 6. In that case, she allegedly robbed the clerk at gunpoint, and got away with approximately $40.

James was held on $82,000 bond.

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