A Lincoln County woman has been linked to the robbery of seven pharmacies across Mecklenburg, Gaston and Catawba counties.
And her teenage daughter faces misdemeanor drug charges after she was found in the car when her mother was arrested.
Authorities say Denver resident Lorrie Kimberly Griffin, 45, confessed to robbing seven pharmacies after Licoln County deputies received a tip from Huntersville police and arrested her.
Griffin is charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, two counts of robberies with a dangerous weapon, one count of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The sheriff’s office says the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Huntersville police departments joined Lincoln County detectives in identifying a suspect and making the arrests.
The robbery charges are connected to cases in Newton and Conover. But the sheriff’s office says the arrest follows an investigation which also included robberies in Dallas, Stanley and Huntersville.
Huntersville police said on Feb. 14 Griffin used a gun to rob the Walgreens Pharmacy at 9848 Gilead Road of pain pills.
10 days later, Huntersville police said, Griffin tried to rob a CVS at 7920 Sam Furr Road.
Griffin’s daughter, 19-year-old Chandra Diane Griffin, was charged with two drug misdemeanors.
According to the sheriff’s office, its detectives joined with CMPD detectives to watch a residence on Rock Springs Circle in Denver during the day Monday. On Monday evening, authorities say, they learned a pharmacy in Conover had been robbed by a person fitting the description of the resident on Rock Springs Circle.
A detective spotted the resident’s vehicle, a black Dodge Ram truck, on Business N.C. 16 in Denver and made a traffic stop. During a search of the truck, the detective reported finding a BB gun that he said looked like a real handgun, inside a gym bag. The detective also said he found a number of Oxycodone pills in the same bag.
“This is another example of how law enforcement agencies working together will solve crimes,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said.