A Statesville man is facing charges that he robbed two stores in as many days.
Lemuel Charles Hoover III was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and received a $150,000 bond from a magistrate. Hoover is also facing charges for tampering with an ankle monitor, police said.
The Statesville Police Department reported that a man came into the Walmart on Crossroads Drive around 10:27 p.m. Tuesday.
After walking around the store, he went to the checkout, pulled up his shirt and showed the clerk what appeared to be the grip of a gun, police reported.
He told the clerk to give him the money and the clerk handed him the large bills from the register, police said.
The SPD’s Patrol Division and Violent Crime Unit investigated the robbery.
Wednesday morning, N.C. Department of Probation and Parole officers were in the area of South Statesville trying to find Hoover, who had removed his ankle monitor, authorities said.
Probation officers saw Hoover in the area of Wilson Lee Boulevard and Durham Avenue but he ran when he spotted the officers, authorities said.
Around 9:20 a.m., as SPD and probation officers continued to search for Hoover, they were informed that an armed robbery had just happened at the Dollar General on Shelton Avenue.
A variety of law enforcement officers, from the SPD Patrol Division and Violent Crimes Unit, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and its Criminal Investigations Division, all responded to help locate the robbery suspect.
The description of the suspect was broadcast to officers and Violent Crime Unit members connected the two robberies to Hoover, police said.
After about 15 minutes of searching, Hoover was found in the 300 block of West Raleigh Avenue and taken into custody.