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Robber, female accomplice strike again

Posted April 7, 2011 10:44 a.m. EDT

— Authorities believe that a man who tried to shoot a Roanoke Rapids store clerk and his female accomplice have struck again, this time in Wilson.

Sgt. John Slaughter, with the Wilson police, said that a gunman demanded money from a clerk at Griffin's Food Store, 2402 Nash St., around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Once he had been given cash, the man left the store and got into a gold or champagne-colored Kia Sportage. The SUV was parked at the nearby Car Quest and driven by a woman.

Surveillance camera footage showed that the woman had gone into the store about an hour before the robbery, Slaughter said.

He said the same pair is believed to be behind an attempted armed robber at a Shell gas station in Roanoke Rapids on March 21.

In that case, the masked gunman got upset when the clerk didn't hand over money fast enough, and he pulled the trigger three times, but the gun didn't fire, police said. A woman drove a Kia Sportage as a getaway car and checked out the store about 50 minutes before the attempted robbery.

Anyone who recognizes the man or woman or has other information about the cases is asked to call Wilson police at 252-399-2323, Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255 or Roanoke Rapids police at 919-583-2488. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve cases.