3 charged in armed theft at Walmart; inside job suspected
RED SPRINGS — Red Springs police say a man who surrendered to authorities on Saturday in connection with an armed robbery at the Walmart Express was assisted in the crime by an employee and a former employee of the Fourth Avenue retailer.
Police have charged three Red Springs men, 22-year-old Demontra Yates of 105 Milpass St., 17-year-old Jeremy Locklear of 121 Barton Road and 19-year-old Montague Aaron McMillian with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon. Police did not list an address for McMillian.
The robbery occurred on Dec. 22 at about 9:45 p.m., according to Police Chief Ronnie Patterson.
“Someone dressed all in black ran into the store with a handgun and pointed the weapon at the clerk,” Patterson said. “The robber demanded the store’s money bag and quickly left.”
There were no customers in the 11,000-square-foot store at the time of the robbery and no one was injured.
Patterson said investigators determined that because the Walmart was closed at the time that someone working inside the store had to let the gunman in. The gunman also appeared to know that employees were about to deposit the day’s receipts at the bank, the chief said.
“All indications were that it was an inside job,” Patterson said.
Patterson would not say how much money was taken.
Police arrested Locklear, who was working at the store, and Yates, a former Walmart employee.
McMillian is accused of entering the store with the gun. He turned himself into police on Saturday.
“After we arrested the first two guys, he knew that we were looking for him and that the heat had been turned up,” Patterson said.
The three men have each been placed in the Robeson County jail under a $30,000 bond.
Scott Witten works for Civitas Media as editor of The Red Springs Citizen and The St. Pauls Review.
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