Second Arrest Made In Staged Store Robbery

There's been a second arrest in what deputies say was a staged armed robbery in Pitt County.

Timothy Knepper turned himself into the magistrate's office on charges of embezzlement and felony conspiracy.

Deputies say the 29-year-old Knepper, and his ex-girlfriend, staged the armed robbery at the Trade Wilco at Dickenson Avenue and Greenville Boulevard Extension last month.

Last week Tamika Joyner, a clerk at the store, was charged with embezzlement, felony conspiracy and false report to law enforcement officer.

Knepper's out on a $6,000 bond.


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A store clerk is under arrest after deputies say she and her ex-boyfriend staged an armed robbery last month.

Tamika Joyner is charged with embezzlement, felony conspiracy and false report to law enforcement officer.

Pitt County deputies says Joyner, and Timothy Knepper, staged the September 2nd robbery at the Trade Wilco on Dickenson Avenue and Greenville Boulevard Extension.

Authorities are still searching for Knepper, who is wanted for embezzlement and felony conspiracy.

The 25-year-old Joyner's bond has been set at $50,000.


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  • by SMH Location: Da Ville on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    People shouldnt be so quick to judge..Yeah what they did was wrong but im pretty sure all of YOUR lives arent CLEAN...Think about that!!!
  • by wilcoemp Location: allover on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    ok to underpaid..there maybe a reason you are underpaid. I have worked for company 19 months. Have gotten my raises in a timely manner. I do want is expected and then some. I enjoy my work..isn't that difficult, enjoy my customers. A job is really want you make it. Its only my parttime job, 20-25 hrs a week but I take pride in what I do. If a store does well and does what is expected, not that difficult of a task, then raises go hand-n-hand. The only issue I have had is to keep asking people who I have carded sooooo many times how old they are. I have even remembered birthdates. Nightly customers or regular customers (2-3 times a day sometimes) should not be bothered each and every time. This is why I often refer to convenient stores as being an inconvenient store.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Oct 6, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Dear Underpaid, Why did it take you 4 years to realize you were underpaid? Go work somewhere else. If you are worth more, someone else will realize it. If no one else will hire you, you might be more thankful for the current job at $7.25. The last time I looked, we were still a free society and no one is forcing you to work there.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    It doesn't matter how much you get paid, you DON’T rob others. If you're hired at a minimum wage then you know it's going to be that for some time to come so get use to it. You can't use that as an excuse to rob places. You do the best job you can and you'll be able to sleep at night. I just don’t understand people that steal from others. There must be something missing in part of their brain. I’ve worked a lot of minimum wage jobs and I have NEVER robbed anyone. I also sleep well at night.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 4, 2009 at 03:00 AM
    Not being paid enough is never an excuse to steal. You can give up cable/satellite/internet, smoking/drug/drinking habits. There are things you can do. But stealing the equivalent of a paycheck or two and then going to jail, and losing that job, and having a record is not worth it. How can it be? It is true that a poor economy festers crime, as the underclasses get more desperate just to survive, but that's an observation; it should never be a justification. That said, if service at a store is bad, do not go there. I love the service at the new Firetower Trade Mart, but the ones in Chocowinity (on 17) and Simpson (on 33) leave a lot to be desired. Others are hit and miss. If you get good service at one, support it with your business, and do let the employees (and management, if you see them) know they are doing a good job. It will pay dividends.
  • by fed up Location: greenville on Oct 3, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    It the same at all these large franchises, gas, food, any of them. The trades are overcrowded with junk, hard to move around in the stores, people working there could care less if they tell you thank you, the 1 over m ironwood, the lady never got off her cell phone the entire time checking people out. Bojangles is just as bad too, people they hire, could care less, don't listen, don't say thank you, and when they get something wrong, it was your problem for making them fix it. I mean, the people these companies hire now, have NO work ethics, all they want to do is joke with the people suppose to be working, but the companies put up with it, they have cameras, and if they don't do something about it, your gonna find customer service going down, and more stores and business ending up like this trade did. Maybe if she has already been fired once, they will let her do community service there, she is gonna have to pay court cost somehow! Might as well steal it from them!
  • by UNDERPAID on Oct 3, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    I WORK FOR TRADE WILCO AND WE ARE UNDERPAID.I'VE BEEN THERE ALMOST 4 YRS. AND STILL MAKING 7.25 AN HOUR.THEY DON'T GIVE RAISES AND THEN THEY WANT YOU TO WORK LIKEE A SLAVE.I HATE THIS COMPANY AND I'M WORKING HARD TO GET OUT OF THERE.
  • by anonymous Location: Bertie on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    What she and her ex did was wrong but this is what happens when these franchises make all the money and underpay workers. Society is out of touch with the real world. What can these people do with the little money that they make at these convenient stores? Everybody can't afford to get a degree and then find a job that pays well. Our system is broken. A minimum wage job can't pay the bills this day and time. I'm not defending these people but if things don't change, crime will get worse. SOME of these stores could pay their employyees more money. These owners make big money and take nice vacations and live a lavish lifestyle. Something is wrong with this picture.
  • by Gumby on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Oh no they got my card.
  • by HAHA Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    One Trade fired her after her and her then boyfriend got arrested for drugs. Then she gets hired back to work at another trade. What do they expect.
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