Crime

June 20, 2014

Conover man charged with armed robbery

A Conover man was arrested Thursday after City of Newton police said he confessed to robbing a convenience store at knife point last month.

A Conover man was arrested Thursday after City of Newton police said he confessed to robbing a convenience store at knife point last month.

Police said they responded to an armed robbery call at the Kangaroo convenience store on East 20th Street around 11:30 p.m. on May 8. The store clerk told officers that a suspect with a large knife had demanded all the cash from the register.

Once the suspect had the money, he left through the front entrance and was last seen running west, police said.

Surveillance video showed the suspect wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a gas mask and some type of brown glove. Following several leads, investigators said they developed James Alexander Weathers, 28, as a suspect.

During a police interview on Thursday, Weathers confessed to the robbery and was charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, officials said.

Weathers also confessed to three breaking and entering crimes, one in Alexander County and two in Catawba County, according to police.

Weathers was placed under $25,000 secured bond in the Catawba County Detention Center.

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