♦ According to Salisbury Police sources Thomas Gerhard Emmesberger, 18, of the streets of Salisbury, was arrested Sunday morning for alleged armed robberies of both the Auto Zone, at 325 E. Innes St. and the Speedway convenience store at 500 East Innes Street. Emmesberger allegedly stuck up AutoZone at 8 p.m. Saturday, netting only $4 for his efforts. His description quickly spread to officers on duty. Later Emmesberger allegedly tried his luck at the Speedway convenience store further up on East Innes Street around 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning. There he allegedly pointed a pistol, partially obscured by a sock partly up his sleeve, at the cashier and demanded money. Unimpressed by the gunman, the cashier refused. Emmesberger fled the store. He was attired in dark clothing in both alleged robberies.
AutoZone at 325 E. Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C.
Speedway at 500 E. Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C.
Thomas Gerhard Emmesberger:
Later in the morning an alert Salisbury Police officer and a Sheriff’s Office deputy observed Emmesberger running near the intersection of Fisher and S. Clay Streets. They sent out a call for assistance and set up a perimeter in the area as other officers arrived. Emmesberger was caught and quickly taken into custody after he tried to leave the rear of a house at 213 S. Clay Street.
Emmesberger was charged with 2 counts of robbery with firearms and other dangerous weapons (felony). Under a secured $200,000 bond, he was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center. Other charges may be pending because he is a suspect in last weeks Circle K robbery on East Innes St.
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