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Police: Man robs Circle K, calls cab

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested when he tried to hail a cab after he robbed a store, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

The East Innes Street Circle K reported an armed robbery early Saturday morning. The store clerk said he had just made a cash drop — moving money from the cash register to the safe — when a white man wearing a camouflage hoodie and dark pants, with a blue bandana covering his face, came in and held a gun to the clerk’s face. He demanded the money from the register.

The clerk gave him the money — $62 — and the man took off running. When police arrived, a passer-by said he had seen someone matching the description of the suspect at the Bojangles’ restaurant on East Innes Street. Police officers went to the location and found someone wearing a camouflage hoodie and pants loitering outside the restaurant. They ordered him to get down on the ground and searched him, finding several small, fixed knives, said police spokeswoman Shelia Lingle.

But that man was not the robbery suspect. He was waiting for his girlfriend to get off work.

When police officers examined the Circle K surveillance video, they saw that the suspect had run in the direction of a hotel. When police searched the area, they found a taxi circling near Wal-Mart.

Police said a search of the cab found Jonathan Allen Shook, of Yost Road, in the back seat. Shook, 18, had a book bag that contained a 380 semiautomatic handgun, and he had $62 in cash hidden inside his hoodie, police said.

Shook was arrested and charged with robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.

Shook has no criminal record in North Carolina.

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