NEW INFO: Man sentenced to 9 years in prison for business robberies

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United States Attorney Thomas Walker announced a 108-month sentencing for a Greenville man who pleaded guilty to robbing local businesses.

25-year-old Keith Jones was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to 2 counts of robbery of a business in interstate commerce and 1 count of robbery of a business in interstate commerce aiding and abetting.

Authorities say Jones robbed the Wilco Hess station on South Memorial Drive in Greenville, the Kangaroo Express on Southeast Greenville Boulevard, and the Kangaroo Express on Queen Street in Grifton back in August 2014.

Jones will have 3 years of supervised release following his prison term.

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Police say they have solved two holdups at convenience stores, as their suspect was about to rob another store.

Keith Jones of Greenville has been charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping.

Chief Hassan Aden says his officers were conducting surveillance Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. at the Trade Wilco at 502 SW Greenville Boulevard.

They say Jones appeared to be watching the store from a nearby business and took off as detectives approached him. After a brief foot chase, Jones was captured by officers.

His vehicle was found nearby and officers say inside they found a mask that was used in the other two robberies. Chief Aden says a robbery was imminent last night.

Jones is accused of robbing the Trade Wilco at Memorial and Country Club Drive on Sunday, and the Kangaroo on Greenville Boulevard Monday night.

Aden says the man confessed to the holdups and that he could be connected to more cases.

The 23-year-old has numerous prior felony drug charges and a weapon violation.

He's in jail on a $100,000 secured bond.

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A man accused of armed robbery landed himself behind bars and will face a judge Thursday morning.

Officer Langley with the Pitt County Jail tells WITN Greenville police arrested and booked Keith Jones in the Pitt County Jail around 2:35 a.m. Thursday morning.

Jones is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. His bond was set at $100,000.

Greenville police say Chief Hassan Aden will brief the media at 9:00 a.m. on an overnight arrest in connection with several convenience store robberies in the city recently.

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