FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two suspects have been charged with robbing the Sheetz store located off Wilkesboro Highway over the weekend.
The Statesville Police Department announced the arrests of Corry Toliver, 45, and Pamela Wingfield, 56, in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
According to the SPD news release, officers responded to the Sheetz located at 1244 Wilkesboro Highway at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, after receiving a report of a robbery.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spoke with the clerk, who said a male suspect entered the store and asked how to get to the Fifth Street shelter, police said. After the clerk started writing down the directions on a notepad, the suspect asked the clerk if he could use the notepad.
After the clerk handed the man a sheet of paper from the pad, the suspect wrote on the paper and handed a note to the clerk that read, “Give me all the money,” according to the news release.
The suspect then told the clerk, “Don’t make me hurt you,” police said.
The clerk, in fear for her life, opened the register and handed the suspect the money. At no time did the suspect imply he had a weapon, police said.
SPD investigators responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses, collected evidence, and viewed the store’s video.
According to police, the video showed the male suspect and a female enter the store approximately three hours before the robbery.
During the robbery, the same female was observed in the store with the suspect, according to the news release. She exited the store just moments before the robbery, police said.
After the clerk handed the suspect the money, the suspect and female fled with approximately $572 and traveled north on Highway 115, according to the news release.
Investigators identified these two suspects as the same suspects who committed a felony larceny on Friday, May 14, at Love’s Travel Stop, located at 229 Mocksville Highway, police said. During that crime, the male suspect went behind the counter and stole three Garmin 8-inch GPS Tablets valued at $1,800, according to the news release.
On Monday, May 17, SPD investigators located the vehicle utilized in both crimes, according to the news release.
Investigators went to 320 Wilson Street, where they encountered both suspects.
Tolliver and Wingfield were taken into custody without incident. Investigators seized four Garmin 8-inch GPS Tablets at this location. Investigators determined those tablets were not the property of Love’s Travel Stop in Statesville.
The suspects told Investigators the tablets were stolen from stores in other areas, police said. Investigators are currently contacting other agencies inquiring about similar crimes in their areas.
Both suspects have been charged with common law robbery and felony larceny.
Tolliver received a $75,000 secured bond, and Wingfield was given a $25,000 secured bond.