Armed suspect robs Mr. Mart in Camden

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BELCROSS — A Belcross convenience store owner was the target of an armed robbery on Saturday evening and the Camden County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in solving the crime.

The suspect, who is a black male, was wearing a black mask and carrying a long gun when he entered the Mr. Mart, at U.S. Highway 158 and N.C. Highway 34, shortly before 9:15 p.m. and just before closing time, Sheriff Tony Perry said.
The suspect, after demanding and receiving money, ran away in the direction of U.S. 158 East, Perry said. The amount of how much cash is missing wasn't disclosed.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The suspect is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds, but he is of average build. The suspect was last seen wearing all-black clothing.

Anyone with any information is asked to phone the Sheriff's Office at 338-5046 or the local Crime Line at 335-5555.
The Crime Line offers up to $2,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons. Callers don't have to provide their names.

Perry said store owner Chirag Patel, who has been at the Mr. Mart since 2002, had never been robbed before.