FOUR OAKS, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators in Johnston County and Garner are working together to arrest thieves they believe are responsible for three separate robberies in the area, one of them deadly.
Investigators say on Nov. 12, just before 7:30 p.m. two armed men robbed Reedy Creek Gas, Grill and Grocery on N.C. Highway 210 in Johnston County.
“I got to put in my nozzle and I just hear a bunch of commotion going on behind me and some giggling. I said ‘what in the world,'” said Lindsie Boykin who was filling up his tank at the gas station Tuesday night.
Boykin turned around to see two armed men running out of the store.
“The one in the front had a pistol. The other had a large assault rifle,” said Boykin. “I see them running that way, and my first instinct was ‘I’m jumping in the truck to see if I can at least run them down.'”
Boykin said the pair ran into a neighborhood behind the store where a getaway driver was waiting.
Boykin and an off duty deputy, who also happened to be filling his tank, chased after them.
“First thing you want is that they should go to jail. Somebody should get them,” said Boykin.
Boykin says eventually the thieves sped off and he couldn’t catch up to them.
Now he’s working security at the gas station to help keep employees safe after the string of armed robberies in the area.
On Thursday, just after 1:00 a.m., armed thieves robbed the Han-Dee Hugo, on 401 Benson Rd in Garner. Then roughly 30 minutes later, investigators believe the same pair robbed the Scotchman Convenience Store on NC Highway 210.
Investigators believe the suspects in all three robberies are the same people.
During the robbery at the Scotchman the store clerk’s son was shot and killed, family members tell CBS17. The family member said that his brother and mother worked at the gas station together.
“The fact that he was there and stepped in to intervene and try to defend his mom, 100 percent that’s what he would do. He took his life for it. It’s sad, but he wouldn’t do anything different. If he had to do it again he would defend his mom,” said Boykin who went to school with the victim.
Anyone with information regarding the crimes is asked to contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office or Garner Police Department.
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