Two Lincolnton residents, including a teen, were charged this week with threatening a local store clerk with a knife and handgun before robbing the business, police said.
Detective Dwayne McAllister responded to the Times Turn Around, located at 851 S. Laurel Street, around 8:15 p.m. Sunday in reference to an armed robbery, he said.
Two female cashiers who were inside the store at the time of the incident told police that two men entered the store earlier that evening, demanding money.
Both suspects were wearing “do-rags” over their faces, one with a black hoodie and the other with a grey hoodie, according to a report.
The employees were crying and visibly upset during an interview with police, the report said.
The victims told officers that one of the men got behind the counter with them and held out a knife until the women retrieved store cash.
At the same time, from the opposite side of the counter, the second suspect pointed what the cashiers believed to be a 9mm handgun at one of the women, urging her to keep her hands raised and not to press the store alarm, the report said.
Once the employees told the suspects they couldn’t open one of the cash registers or store safe, due to a time delay setting, the individuals grabbed cigarettes and fled the property, police said.
Deputies assisted Lincolnton Police in scouring the area for the suspects immediately following the alleged robbery.
Detectives located the individuals less than a mile away in a wooded area, McAllister said.
Police recovered more than $100 in cash and three packs of cigarettes located on the suspects.
Both Jacob Paul Sain, 19, of 1564 Bishop Drive, and Dustin Logan Martin Ensley, 23, of 1882 Gastonia Highway, have each been charged with one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.
Sain has a history of larceny and drug-related misdemeanor offenses in the county from earlier this year, public records showed.
Ensley has a felony history in Lincoln and Gaston Counties since 2008 for breaking and entering motor vehicles, larceny, larceny over $1,000, possessing stolen goods, drug-related offenses and obtaining property by false pretenses.