Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in Sunday’s robbery of the Cricket Wireless store on Crossroads Drive.
Joey Eugene Richards of Statesville was detained on Monday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at Charlotte’s Greyhound bus station. He was found with an Airsoft pistol, Statesville police Capt. David Onley said Tuesday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Richards on unrelated outstanding warrants and returned him to Statesville police, where he was charged in the Cricket Wireless robbery with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond.
Police said a man entered the store and began looking at cellphones in a display cabinet. He asked the clerk about the price of a phone and then pulled a handgun from his pants and pointed it at the clerk, police said.
The suspect made the clerk remove the cash drawer from the register and take it to a room behind the counter. The suspect forced the clerk to provide the combination for the store safe, from which he then removed money, police said.
The man also took the money from the register drawer and ordered the clerk into a bathroom, where he taped the clerk’s hands and arms. The assailant then stole the clerk’s vehicle, police said.
Richards also was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Those charges stem from a Nov. 8 break-in at the Shell station on West Front Street in Statesville, police said.