Three people are under arrest for the armed robbery of a Pitt County convenience store.
Brandon Taylor of Winterville, Damarus Collins of Greenville and Justin Ebron are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon for the Sunday night holdup of the Kangaroo Express.
Deputies say the three were stopped by Greenville police as possible suspects in the robbery. Greenville police also charged Taylor and Ebron with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Bonds for Taylor & Ebron were set at $250,000 while Collins was given a $101,000 bond.
On Monday deputies said the Kangaroo robbery may be connected to another armed robbery several days earlier at Bells Fork, but so far the three suspects have only been charged with that one hold-up.
Armed robberies at two Pitt County convenience stores could be related.
According to Pitt County chief of investigations James Tripp, two men wearing dark clothes, masks and gloves walked in the Kangaroo Convenience Store off Portertown Road just before 10:00 p.m. Sunday. The men told the clerk to hand over the cash in the register.
Authorities say while the clerk never saw a weapon, the men implied they had one. The clerk gave the two the money and they ran off, dropping some of the cash in the parking lot of the store.
Another robbery happened Thursday night at Bells Fork Mini Mart on Highway 43 South, near Greenville. Deputies say two men, matching the same description from the Kangaroo robbery, put a shotgun to the head of the clerk inside and demanded money. No one was hurt in either robberies and no arrests have been made.