Two schools located just west of Lincolnton, were on lockdown Wednesday after the Sheriffâ€™s Office said a man claiming to have a gun robbed a nearby business.
Deputies and police responded around 11 a.m. to Carolina Farm Credit Finance on N.C. 150.
A man walked into the building and handed a note to a teller in the business office, stating that he wanted money, according to the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The culprit was wearing a camouflage hat and â€œindicated he had a gun,â€ deputies said.
Love Memorial Elementary and Lincoln Charterâ€™s Lincolnton campus were both placed on lockdown after the incident, school officials said.
Love Memorialâ€™s principal, Diand Canipe, told the Times-News on Wednesday afternoon that the school building was on lockdown for nearly an hour after her staff received word about the robbery from the Communications Center.
For nearly half of the lockdown time, children were not allowed to exit their classrooms. In addition, students were not taken out to the playground at recess time, Canipe noted.
Authorities are continuing to track down the suspect. However, a K-9 unit proved unsuccessful in locating the man, deputies said.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, weighing 140 pounds and whose height is between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8, a release noted.
During the incident, witnesses told authorities that the man was wearing a gray pullover sweatshirt and blue jeans and had some sort of markings on his left ring finger.
He escaped the business with a minimal amount of money, deputies said. Authorities did not mention any injuries related to the incident.
JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Writer