Armed man robs Walmart at closing time

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Robbing a store takes moxie. And sometimes it takes a little inside knowledge, plus remembering to bring a bigger bag than the guy who recently hit a Walmart at Mountain Island Lake.

Five minutes before closing time at midnight, with customers still in the store, three Walmart workers were doing what they do every night-- collecting all the cash from the registers.

At that moment, surveillance video shows a gunman appear and demand all the money. He had brought a plastic garbage bag to carry the loot, but dropped it in favor of a larger bag he found in the store. Police took fingerprints from the plastic bag.

CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson figures this robber must have had inside knowledge. "He had to have known because they said they do the same thing every night, about the same time. This person came in as they started to do the money pickups and knew exactly where to go."

But as he started to run with a bag full of money, he began losing some of it.

"He was dropping money, like paper money, coins, with the bag he had was too much and then as he got outside the store witnesses saw him getting inside a white colored vehicle-some type of SUV."

Det. Cuthbertson says while big box stores like Walmart deal with a lot of everyday shoplifting, rarely does an armed robber come in. He hopes it's not a trend.

The suspect is described as a black male with medium build. Surveillance pictures never did get a good shot of his face.

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