Three suspects arrested and charged in connection to a rash of armed robberies in Pitt County were in court Thursday morning.
James Acklin Jr., age 19, Marquail Mouring, age 21, and Julius Hobbs, age 21, were arrested.
During their appearance in court Thursday, a court date of May 19 was set for the three men.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office and the Greenville Police Department say three suspects have been arrested in connection to a rash of armed robberies.
Authorities say 19-year-old James Acklin Jr. and 21-year-old Marquail Mouring, both of Greenville, were arrested Tuesday night at the Handy-Mart near Bells Fork Square on Charles Blvd. and Fire Tower Rd. in Greenville. Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks and his wife, Greenville Police Detective Connie Elks caught the suspects while looking for them Tuesday night.
Police say before their arrests Tuesday night, Acklin and Mouring were out on bond, charged in the armed robbery of the Wingate Inn on S. Memorial Dr. in Greenville.
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Following the arrests of Acklin and Mouring, lawmen say they arrested 21 year-old Julius Hobbs. Police say the three will be charged Wednesday with five counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. More charges could be filed against the trio.
Officials say the suspects are linked to armed robberies at three U.S. Cellular stores. One store was held up Tuesday night near the Walmart in Greenville, another in Winterville on Monday and the other in Ayden on Friday. They're also believed to have robbed several Kangaroo convenience stores recently.
Greenville police say their patrol officers "saturated the area" after the US Cellular store robbery in Greenville Tuesday night and identified key witnesses to the robbery. Police say using forensic information gathered at the scene, the Greenville Police Department broadcast a suspect's description and a possible suspect vehicle.
Officials say Sheriff Elks and Detective Elks made the traffic stop that led to the arrest of suspects previously named through Crimestoppers tips.
Police say investigators then searched a vehicle and an apartment at the Landing Apartment Complex. The two searches produced a handgun that looks similar to the one used in the robberies, captured on surveillance video. Police also recovered cash.
Christy Wallace, the public information officer for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, says investigators determined the suspects spent some of the stolen money on hats and clothing at the Greenville Mall.
The search is on for suspects following the armed robbery Tuesday night of the U.S. Cellular Store on Greenville Boulevard.
Greenville Police say around 9:00 p.m. two men with handguns robbed the store.
This is the third U.S. Cellular store in Pitt County to be robbed in five days.
We'll update the story as we get new information.