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Tracks in snow lead police to arrest 2 in Charlotte robberies

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    Devekico Wright, 21, was among two men arrested Wednesday in connection with a pair of armed robberies in the University City area. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    CMPD officers searched a wooded area at the intersection of Grier Road and Newell-Hickory Grove Road after two convenience store robberies on Wednesday. Police made two arrests in the case.
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    - Mecklenburg County Jail photo
    Tajae Robinson, 21, was among two men arrested Wednesday in connection with a pair of armed robberies in the University City area, police say. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    CMPD officers searched in the snow near a wooded area at the intersection of Grier Road and Newell-Hickory Grove Road after two convenience store robberies Wednesday morning. The robberies occurred at stores on Old Concord Road and on Mallard Creek Road. Two men were arrested in the case, police say.

Police, searching for two robbery suspects, only had to follow the shoe prints in the snow.

They say the tracks led them to a pair of suspects in two convenience store robberies Wednesday in Charlotte’s University City area.

Tajae Rashawn Robinson and Devekico Wright, each 21, were arrested Wednesday a short time after the robberies, police say.

The first robbery was reported shortly before 7 a.m. at a convenience store in the 9000 block of Mallard Creek Road. Police say two armed men entered the store and demanded money.

According to investigators, the two men forced employees and customers to get down on the floor. The men then allegedly drove off in a customer’s car.

A short time later, police say, two men entered a store in the 8100 block of Old Concord Road, pointed a gun at an employee, took money, and drove off in a car fitting the description of the vehicle stolen in the first heist.

Police said they found shoe prints in the snow, leading to the 7-Eleven on Mallard Creek Road. Tracing the path, police came to a residence in the 9100 block of Exbury Court. Investigators say they found two men there and arrested Robinson and Wright after interviewing them.

The two men were found with items taken during the robberies, police said.

Each man was charged with seven counts of kidnapping, six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Robinson also was charged with fleeing and eluding in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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