Suspect apprehended in two armed robberies

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 06:17 PM

An Olivia man was arrested Monday in connection with two weekend armed robberies.

Roger Wayne Hawkins, 42, of the 100 block of Mount Sands Lane, Olivia, was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of possession of stolen goods, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office Capt. Jeff Johnson.

Hawkins was held under a $250,000 secured bond. 

The two robberies, which occurred on opposite ends of Lee County, involved a masked man brandishing a shotgun as he entered the stores, Johnson said.

A man wearing a blue ski mask and camouflage jacket and waiving a shotgun entered the Value Mart, located at 4971 Edwards Road, at 7:20 p.m. Saturday and demanded money from the clerk, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report. The employee complied, and the suspect left on foot.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, a man with a stocking over his face, wearing a camouflage jacket and wielding a shotgun, entered the Short Stop #6, located at 3901 Hawkins Ave., according to the report. The suspect reportedly demanded money from the register, and a store employee complied. The suspect then fled on foot.

There were no reported injuries, Johnson said.

A Shot Stop employee referred questions to the company's home office, where calls were not returned Monday, and no one could be reached at the Value Mart.

Hawkins was also charged with a larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with a stolen .22 revolver on Nov. 26., 2013, the report states.

According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, Hawkins has a criminal record dating back to 1994 that ranges from traffic and drug violations to breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods convictions.

According to the Sheriff's Office statement, no information is being released on what led investigators to Hawkins.