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Suspect in string of pharmacy robberies arrested

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

An eastern Lincoln County mother and daughter were arrested after Sheriff’s detectives said the mother robbed at least five pharmacies in three different counties, and her daughter, who was not involved in any of the incidents, happened to be in the same vehicle Monday night.

Local deputies, assisted by Huntersville and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers, arrested 45-year-old Lorrie Kimberly Griffin, and her daughter Chanda Diane Griffin, 19, Monday night, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Earlier that day, officers conducted surveillance on their residence at 1995 Rock Springs Circle in Denver, and that night, learned Lorrie Griffin robbed a Conover pharmacy, the release said.

Detectives said they spotted the duo leaving the home’s driveway and apprehended their vehicle near the intersection of N.C. 16, placing them into custody after a photo they had of the recent Conover robbery suspect matched the mother’s appearance.

The Sheriff’s Office said Lorrie Griffin is additionally accused of robbing pharmacies in Newton, Dallas, Stanley and Huntersville and that two of the incidents involved a dangerous weapon.

Sheriff’s Detective R. Calhoun also located a BB gun, multiple Oxycodone pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the suspects’ vehicle, the release said.

Lorrie Griffin, who remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $140,000 secured bond, faces numerous felony charges including two counts each of trafficking heroin and robbery with a dangerous weapon along with one count of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling for a controlled substance. She additionally faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

Her daughter, Chandra Griffin, has since been released on a $2,500 secured bond and merely faces a misdemeanor charges for one count of possessing drug paraphernalia and two counts each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI substance, deputies said.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter praised area agencies for uniting in the effort to bring justice to the wanted robber, a philosophy that he said officers will carry out with any criminal activity, putting “offenders in jail where they belong.”

“This is another example of how law enforcement agencies working together will solve crimes — crimes that are occurring not only in our county but other counties,” Carpenter said.

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