Updated: An Armed Robber Hits the Pop Shoppe on West Innes Saturday Night for $338 // Two Armed Robbers Hold-Up D Mart on S. Main St.

Posted on January 22, 2017



Todd Paris, Staff Writer and Salisbury Attorney/RFP Staff

♦ At 7:49 p.m. Saturday night the Pop-Shoppe on 1831 W. Innes Street by Statesville Blvd. (a block before Catawba College) a young male dressed in dark clothes, black shoes, a green and black bandanna covering most of his face, and a black or dark blue hoodie with red stripes terrified patrons and two clerks by pulling a pistol and leaping the counter. He was spotted earlier on foot coming from the direction of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. The female clerk, displaying presence of mind, leapt the counter at the next register and fled the store while male clerk took up the robber’s attention. The male clerk, after a brief struggle with the robber, wisely gave up the contents of the register alleged to be $338. This full-tilt assault on the register felt like an eternity to the persons in the store, yet lasted only 19 seconds.

The Pop Shoppe, 1831 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.:

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Location The Pop Shoppe, 1831 W. Innes near Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, N.C.:

Witnesses in the store recalled the female clerk having the gun pointed at her head and back. When she was able to run, the robber chased her with his pistol. The robber soon gave up and fled the area back the way he came. The clerk called 911 when she was a safe distance away. Soon officers started arriving.

The Police Arrive:

After the witnesses were made to feel safe and before the Salisbury Police could complete their investigation, the officers were called again to 2nd robbery down the Road to the Mystic Mart.

Photo Gallery from the Pop Shoppe:

Citizens having any knowledge about this crime are urged to call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, information can be submitted 24/7 via the web: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/ or by calling the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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♦ Apparently while the Fibrant debacle reduced Salisbury Police were tied up at the Poppe Shop, a pair of armed robbers hit the D Mart at the Mystik Gas Station on 1600 S. Main Street (near Mooresville Road) at approximately 9:38 p.m.  Salisbury Police sources said that two individuals entered the store and pointed a gun at a female clerk while they forced her to walk to the counter.  While she walked to the counter, a male clerk, who was restocking, struck the gunman with a beer can in the back of his head.  The robber wheeled around and fired a round at the clerk, grazing him in the arm.  The robbers grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before fleeing the store in the direction of West B Avenue. 

The robbers were described as slim Black males, about 5’9, and between 20 and 30 years old. One of the suspects wore a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans. His face was covered with a black bandanna. The second suspect wore blue jeans and a zippered black hooded sweatshirt with red and white designs on the front and back. Both men wore black gloves.

Citizens having any knowledge about this crime are urged to call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, information can be submitted 24/7 via the web: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/ or by calling the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

The following Security Cam Photos are from D Mart at the Mystik Gas Station:

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**This article will be updated as more information arrives.**

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