Authorities Say Three Robberies Connected

Deputies say they have identified two people they say robbed a convenience store in one county, and are suspects in two robberies in another county.

Jones County deputies have warrants out for Monroe Flowers, Jr. of Kinston and Glenis Miller of Jacksonville for the 3:30 a.m. robbery of the Mallard Food Store on Highway 70.

Flowers was arrested Thursday afternoon by Kinston police.

Deputies say the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and left in a Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Several hours later a similar robbery happened at the Rightway Store on North Herritage Street in Kinston. The robber left in an Eclipse convertible and police later found that vehicle at the end of Paylor Drive.

Kinston police say around 1:00 a.m. the Kangaroo Express on Highway 258 North was also robbed. Police there have charged Flowers with those two robberies.

Anyone with information on the location of Miller should call the Jones County Sheriff's Office at 252-448-7091.

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Police in Kinston are investigating two overnight store robberies.

The first one happened just before 1:00 a.m. at the Kangaroo Express on Highway 258 North. The clerk said a black man, approximately 6' tall and average build came in and asked for two packs of Newport cigarettes and a cigar. As the clerk was placing the items on the counter, the man indicated he had a handgun.

The robber left with money from the cash register and the tobacco products. Police say the man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black shorts.

Then around 6:20 a.m. the Rightway Store on North Herritage Street was robbed. Police say a black man, wearing a black tee shirt, black shorts and white shoes came in and demanded money from the register. No weapon was shown.

The robbed grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and left in a white Eclipse convertible. Police later found the vehicle abandoned at the end of Paylor Drive.

No one was injured in either robbery and police have yet to make any arrests.

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