Blotter: Pair charged in connection with three Enochville armed robberies

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 20, 2020

ENOCHVILLE — A man has been charged with armed robbery of three convenience stores in the Enochville areas between Jan. 7 and Jan 16.

Shelby Earl Smith, 23, of Kannapolis, allegedly robbed the Rushco at 2023 West C St. on Jan. 7, the 7-Eleven at 2720 West C St. on Jan. 15 and the Enochville Food Center on Jan. 16. According to warrants for Smith’s arrest, the robberies were all carried out by threatening employees at gunpoint. The total value Smith allegedly stole from the businesses was $522.

Kelly Marie Hale, 28, of the same address as Smith, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony aiding and abetting armed robbery coinciding with the incidents as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was charged with three counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Both were given a $150,000 secured bond and remained in the Rowan County Jail on Monday.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said the 7-Eleven robbery involved a store clerk being told to lie face down on the floor and not get up until she was gone. The robber wore a red ski mask and blue jeans.

In the earlier robbery at Rushco, a man ordered a clerk behind the counter while wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, black sandals, a dark-colored ski mask with red around the mouth and white paint on it. The robber also wore latex gloves and reportedly searched under cash drawers for more money and took a pack of cigarettes.

In other reports:

• Alterque Jericho Adams, 26, of Salisbury was charged with  felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises as well as misdemeanor simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

• Christopher Edward Harmon, 37, of Knoxville Tennessee, was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. According to a warrant for Harmon’s arrest, the vehicle was reported stolen last week in Knox County, Tennessee.

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