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Huntersville pizzeria robbery was inside job, police say

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James Richard Haney Jr., 29, a shift leader on duty the night Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Huntersville was robbed this week, was charged in the incident with five counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Huntersville police said Friday that Wednesday’s late-night robbery of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint was an inside job.

Police said that on Thursday, they arrested and charged James Richard Haney Jr., 29, of Huntersville, who was the shift leader on duty that night.

Haney was charged with five counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Haney was in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $550,000 secured bond.

Police said they also obtained warrants on two other men they haven’t found yet and who should be considered armed and dangerous. Cameron Lee Nash, 27, and Tommy Vanh Bountham, 23, face the same charges as Haney. Bountham also is charged with aiding and abetting a robbery.

Anyone with information in the case or who knows the whereabouts of Nash and Bountham should call 911 or Huntersville police at 704-464-5400.

Police said Haney was struck in the face with a handgun before the others drove away and crashed the car in nearby Cornelius.

The robbers took personal property from each employee and cash from the safe, police said. The pizzeria is at at 10109 Northcross Center Court

Arriving officers saw the vehicle leaving the area and pursued it into Cornelius, where it crashed at Poole Place Drive and Bailey Road. The robbers ran away.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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