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Man robbed CVS, said girlfriend was being held hostage, police say


Police in Newton are looking for a man they say robbed a local drug store by saying his girlfriend was being held hostage, according to a report from the Newton Police Department.

Wednesday just after 9:30 p.m., police responded to an armed robbery report at the CVS Pharmacy on Northwest Blvd (US 321) in Newton.

Employees told officers the man had entered the store and asked a clerk for the location of their cortizone. He then told the clerk that two guys were holding his girlfriend at gun point and he needed two bottles of hydrocodone or the guys holding his girlfriend were "going to kill her".

He also said he had a gun, the report states.

The man was given the drugs he requested and left the building.

Within three minutes, the first officer arrived on scene and was met by an employee who stated the robber had just left the parking lot, possibly in a silver vehicle that was spotted leaving the store.

The officer quickly initiated a felony traffic stop of the possible suspect vehicle at West A Street and Northwest Blvd with the assistance of two other Newton officers, a Catawba County Deputy, and a Conover Police Department officer. 

Based on information that was relayed to officers it was quickly discovered the robber was not in the vehicle nor was the vehicle involved in the robbery.

Officers then returned to the CVS and were given a full description of the robber.

He was described as a white male, wearing a black or dark blue long sleeve shirt, with a brown brimmed hat.

Investigators reviewed the security cameras which indicated the man approached the building from the south and left walking north.

Anyone with any information about this incident should call Newton Police at 828-695-4352, or 911.

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