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Robber to Kmart clerk: “Don’t be a hero”

A man who robbed the local Kmart may not have displayed a gun, but his warning indicated he had one, police say.

The man, described as being black, 6 feet tall, in his late 50s to early 60s, wearing a black shirt, dark pants and a hat, walked into Kmart, 815 E. Innes St., Tuesday around 6 p.m. He asked to see jewelry.

The man spoke with one clerk who then left to go on break. He picked up two rings — one valued at $8,000 and the other at $2,000.

A second employee began helping the man, who had a Kmart circular with him and the two rings in his hand. He then placed his hands in his pocket and said, “don’t be a hero.”

The robber calmly walked out of the store.

In September 2013, police charged Richard Vontorios Miller for the August 2013 jewelry counter robbery at the store. In that incident a man was seen using a rock to smash the glass door. The suspect in that case took the store’s spinning display case and other jewelry valued around $14,000. He was caught after he tried to pawn the items. Miller was convicted in that case in November.

In February 2013, two men stole $6,000 worth of jewelry from the Kmart. In that incident the store was open and the men popped open the display case, put the jewelry in their pockets and walked out.

Anyone with information about the latest robbery is asked to contact the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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