Albemarle police say bystanders helped detectives make three arrests in connection with a pair of common-law robbery cases at a Walmart store on Leonard Avenue.
The first case was reported about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 8, police say.
A woman said she and a friend were in the parking lot after shopping at Walmart when a man came up and asked if he could take her shopping cart. The woman said she agreed, but she told police the man quickly pulled the purse off her arm, knocking her to the ground.
The woman’s friend told police the man got into a white 2002 Chevrolet Impala and drove off. Armed with the license tag number, Albemarle police said they tracked the vehicle to High Point.
Detectives said they went to High Point and charged two people in the case. Timothy Dennis Green, 44, and Amy Rebecca Lambeth, 40, were each charged with common-law robbery. According to police, Green also was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and conspiracy to commit larceny. Lambeth also was charged with aiding and abetting felony larceny and accessory after the fact.
The second incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.
A woman said she was shopping in the store, noticed a man near her acting strangely, and moved closer to her shopping cart. Moments later, the woman said, the man grabbed her purse and ran for the exit.
Police say a bystander saw the woman chasing the man and joined the pursuit. The bystander tackled the man in the parking lot.
Keno Jeleek McLaurin, 19, of Laurinburg, was charged with common-law robbery, police said.
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