Rowan deputies have arrested two brothers in connection with a pair of armed robberies at a Salisbury flea market.
The robberies were reported Feb. 22 and again Tuesday at the Hwy. 29 Indoor Flea Market in the 5600 block of South Main Street.
In the first incident, the flea markets owner told deputies that a man had come into business trying to sell a ladder. The owner refused, and then the man asked to exchange a quarter for two dimes and a nickel, the Rowan Sheriffs Office said in a news release.
As the markets owner tried to get the change, he told authorities that the man grabbed for the cash registers drawer. A brief struggled ensued, and the store owner fell backwards. The suspect left the market without taking anything, authorities said.
Then early Tuesday evening, the market owner said he was working when two men entered the business again and tried to grab cash from the business. The store owner, Gerald Burkhart, said he recognized the suspects as the men involved in the earlier robbery.
Burkhart told authorities that he grabbed one of the suspects legs as the men tried to grab money but was hit in the head with an unknown object. The man said he almost lost consciousness and sustained cuts on his nose and above his left ear.
Deputies responding to the scene found a small amount of money on a ramp outside of the flea market and a tire iron believed to have been used int he crime.
Meanwhile, other deputies went to the home of two men they believed were involved in the crime.
Deputies arrested brothers William and Christopher McCrary, and charged both with common law robbery, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Both men are being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond.
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