ROCKINGHAM — A panicked Richmond County convenience store clerk stuffed stacks of cash into a bag as a gun-wielding robber threatened to shoot him in a Saturday holdup, sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputies are working to identify the masked man who robbed the One Stop convenience store at 159 Airport Road outside Rockingham. The robber walked into the store brandishing a handgun around 5:25 a.m. and demanded money, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The clerk opened the cash register and started handing money to the man, who filled his pockets and told the clerk to put the rest in a bag.
“The money would not all go in the subject’s pocket, so he then told (the victim), ‘Put it in a bag before I (expletive) shoot you,” Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Richard Campbell wrote in the report.
Campbell said the robber left the store and the clerk contacted the owner and called 911 to report the robbery.
Deputies don’t know whether the robber left on foot or in a car. They searched the area around the convenience store with a sheriff’s K-9, but were unable to find the man or determine which way he went.
Sheriff’s detectives say the robber is a white man who is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs roughly 185 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask, black jeans and black tennis shoes with white soles.
The man faces a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, a Class D felony carrying a presumptive sentence of 4 years, 4 months to 5 years, 3 months in prison for an offender with no previous criminal convictions.
Deputies ask that anyone with information on the robber’s identity or whereabouts call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at 910-997-8283 or Crime Stopers at 910-997-5454.
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