2010-07-08 / Front Page

Two men arrested, one being sought in robbery of west side convenience store

Quick work by Washington Police and an anonymous tip have resulted in two arrests in an armed robbery last Monday night at a west side convenience store, and another man is sought in the crime.

Octavious A. Grant, 17, of Skull Shoals Road in Washington, and Levente Jamaal Gresham, 19, of Max Drive in Washington, were arrested last week and charged with armed robbery. Both men were bound over to Superior Court.

Police are still looking for Tamarcus Heard, 23, of Stone Street in Washington, in connection with the robbery.

During the investigation, an anonymous telephone tip pointed officers to Grant and Heard as two of the people responsible. The robbers stole $20 from the manager’s purse and some merchandise, but were unable to open the cash register before the manager sounded the alarm.

It was reported that at least two black males entered the Golden Pantry at Lexington Avenue and Whitehall Street about 11:25 p.m. Monday, June 28, just prior to closing, Assistant Chief Theodosia Glenn said, while the store’s clerk, Tanisha Jenkins, was mopping the floor near the front of the store.

Upon seeing the masked man behind the counter, the clerk ran from the store and went to a nearby home to call 911. Washington Police officers and Wilkes Deputy Jerry Hackney arrived within two minutes of the call and searched the store, finding it empty, then conducted search of the area.

Officers reviewed surveillance video and saw that two black males with their faces covered with bandannas had hidden behind the counter and had tried to open the cash register, Glenn said. The video showed the robbers fleeing the store showed the robbers fleeing the store after the clerk ran out.

Tamarcus Heard is still being sought by police, Glenn said. “If anyone has information on Mr. Heard, they can call us anonymously. We are going to get him.”

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