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Habitual felons convicted in Walmart robbery attempt, trafficking in drugs

SALISBURY — A Lexington man was convicted as a habitual felon Friday about two months after police said he tried to rob a local Walmart.
Andre Jermal Taylor was sentenced to between 5.5 years and nearly 8 years.
Taylor dressed as a woman and tried to rob a Walmart on South Arlington Street in April, authorities said.
A cashier told officers Taylor placed a pack of lighters near the registers and told the employee to open the drawer and “act like he paid for them,” according to a press release.
Taylor then reached his hand in a purse he was carrying and threatened to shoot the cashier, police said.
Authorities reviewed the tape and identified the man as Taylor. He was charged by Lexington Police and, the release said, Taylor admitted to the robbery.
Taylor was previously convicted of felony common law robbery, felony possession of a firearm by a felon and felony larceny.

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Penny Boone Moore, of Kannapolis, was also convicted as a habitual felon this week.
Moore was convicted on two counts of felony attempted trafficking heroin and one count of felony maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for storing drugs.
Moore was sentenced from between nearly five years to a maximum of nearly seven years.
During an undercover narcotics investigation in December 2011, Moore sold a Kannapolis Police informant about 24 hydrocodone pills.
Moore was previously convicted of felony breaking and entering, felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery and felony selling and delivering marijuana.

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