A second suspect has been charged for the armed robbery at the Dollar General in Winterville.
Police say 17-year-old Jaquan Chamberlain of Winterville is charged with the armed robbery and for making a false 911 call. Another suspect, 17-year-old Brandon Thompson, was arrested after the Thursday night hold-up.
Neither suspect is in jail at this time, according to online jail records. Thompson was being held after his arrest under a $25,000 bond.
Police filed false 911 call charges against the suspects because they say the two called 911 to report a fake incident in order to distract police. The Dollar General is less than 200 yards away from the police station in Winterville.
Police in two counties are checking to see if recent armed robberies at two Dollar General Stores are connected.
The latest one happened Thursday night in Winterville. On Monday night the location in Snow Hill was also robbed at gunpoint.
Winterville police say their robbery happened around 9:58 p.m. at the business on Main Street, that's less than 200 yards away from the police department.
Police have charged 17-year-old Brandon Thompson of Ayden with robbery and making a false 911 call. An arrest report says the teen was armed with a rifle and he's being held on a $25,000 bond.
A police report says the robbers got $335 in cash. It lists Thompson's occupation as a student. Pitt County Schools says the teen did attend Ayden-Grifton High School last fall, but is no longer a student.
Snow Hill Chief John Rea says they are checking to see if the two robberies are related. He says both happened around the same time of the day, and long rifles were used in both hold-ups.
Police were on the scene of an armed robbery late Thursday night at the Dollar General on Main Street in Winterville according to a Pitt county law enforcement official.
There are few details at this point, but it's believed two suspects were involved and one may be in custody. We're working to get further information and will pass that along as soon as we get it.