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Authorities looking for two in Express Mart robbery

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

ENOCHVILLE — Rowan authorities are looking for two masked men who robbed the Express Mart early Tuesday morning, taking about $100 in cash and holding the cashier at gunpoint.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said two young men wearing stockings over their faces walked into the store at 2720 West C St. just before 3 a.m. One of them had a handgun.

The clerk told investigators the men were wearing dark clothing, including dark shorts, and both were carrying backpacks. Both men looked to be between 16 to 19 years old. Both were white males, and one had shoulder-length blonde hair.

One of the suspects went immediately to the cash register displaying a handgun and demanded the money from the drawer. The second suspect went near the beer cooler at the back of the store. The clerk said he wasn’t sure what the robber took while at the back of the store. The second suspect briefly lifted part of the hosiery that revealed his hair, said Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.

The first suspect who went to the register never uncovered his face. He told the clerk he would not hurt him but just wanted the money. He also wanted a carton of Newport menthol cigarettes.

The first suspect told the second it was time to leave because they were finished, Sifford said.

The two left on foot. A K-9 tracked the men but eventually lost their scent around the corner at Timway Drive. Investigators believe the two had a car waiting for them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rowan County Sheriff’s Detective Nathan Phillips at 704-216-8684 or Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.

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