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Clerk struck with gun in armed convenience store robbery

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

Police are looking for two men who roughed up a convenience store clerk and stole the cash register during a weekend armed robbery.

The incident occurred Sunday around 11:30 p.m. at Rushco No. 2, at 2480 Statesville Blvd., when two men with their faces covered walked into the store. The clerk didn’t think much of the men because it was cold outside, she told police.

One man grabbed the woman, pinning her arms behind her, and tried to handcuff her while the other man searched her pockets. She told them she didn’t have any money so the men demanded money from the safe and cash register. The clerk told them she didn’t have access to the safe.

One suspect grabbed a pack of cigarettes while she scuffled with the other one. The handcuffs were knocked to the floor in the melee and the clerk was hit on the head with a handgun. She did not suffer serious injuries, police said.

A suspect grabbed the register monitor while the other pulled the drawer from the register.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said four people are shown on store surveillance walking in at the same time. It is not clear if the other two were involved. It appears the men possibly got into a red or orange older model, two-door Ford Mustang.

One suspect was about 5 feet tall and weighed between 120 pounds and 130 pounds, while the other was between 5 feet 11 inches tall and 6 feet tall with a thin build. Both men were African-American and both were wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts and jeans.

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

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