Arrest made in robberies at 3 stores

Arrest made in robberies at 3 stores
The robbery occurred on Wednesday morning at the store on West C St. (Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - An arrest has been made in an armed robbery case that happened on Wednesday at a local convenience store, and now the suspect has been charged in two additional robberies.

According to arrest records, Shelby Early Smith, 23, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in three cases. Smith was charged on Friday night.

Investigators say the arrest was made shortly after surveillance pictures were released and published by media outlets on Friday afternoon.

The robbery happened at 3:22 am on Wednesday at the 7-11 on West C Street.

Smith is accused of pulling a gun on the clerk and making her walk around the counter to get the money out of the cash drawers, saying “open them now and don’t (expletive deleted) play around.” The clerk gave the man the money, less than $100, and six lottery tickets that he asked for. He then told her to get down on the floor and not to get up until he was gone.

Smith is also charged with robbing the Rushco at 2023 West C St. on Jan. 7 and the Enochville Food Center on Jan. 16.

Bond for Smith is set at $150,000. Smith has a court date on Tuesday.

In a related case, Kelly Marie Hale, 28, of the same address as Smith, was arrested and charged with three counts of felony aiding and abetting armed robbery as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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