ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - An armed robbery suspect with a taste for Newport cigarettes and a reputation for being “polite” has been arrested in Rowan County.
Frank Larry Graham, 36, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon at the Speedway gas station on S. Main Street by Salisbury Police. That incident occurred on Tuesday morning.
Investigators say Graham is a suspect in several other convenience store robberies in Salisbury, Granite Quarry, and China Grove. In each case, police say he would go into the store and asked the clerk about Newport cigarettes, then pull a handgun and demand money from the register.
On Tuesday night Graham was apprehended after an armed robbery at a convenience store in China Grove.
According to China Grove Police Sergeant Jason Overcash, at approximately 2:30 am on Tuesday, the Rushco convenience store located at 600 N. Hwy 29, China Grove was robbed at gunpoint. Officers responded to the scene to find that a white male suspect had displayed a weapon and demanded money and cigarettes, then fled the scene.
A suspect and vehicle description was obtained through eyewitness interviews and video surveillance and broadcast to surrounding agencies. A few minutes later, Salisbury Police officers spotted a vehicle matching the description pull into the Speedway gas station located on S. Main Street and Airport Rd.
Salisbury Officers made contact with the suspect who matched the description given by China Grove Officers. Upon further investigation, the suspect was identified as Frank Larry Graham Jr. who was arrested without further incident.
He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a bond of $150,000.
On Wednesday, Salisbury Police charged with Graham with the robberies of four convenience stores. He has also been charged by Granite Quarry Police.