Suspect jailed following rash of armed robberies
A Lee County man is in custody in connection with a month-long string of armed robberies.
Eric Anthony Boone, 32, of the 2,700 block of Charwood Place, Sanford, was charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm Friday after authorities responded to an armed robbery at Family Dollar, located at 910 N. Horner Blvd., according to Sanford Police Capt. Harold Layton.
Family Dollar employees reported a man entered the store, produced an handgun and demanded money from the clerk, according to a Sanford Police Department news release. Officers responding to the scene reportedly saw the suspect running from the business, and, after a brief foot chase, Boone was taken into custody without further incident.
Boone was then charged in connection with the two armed robberies at the North Horner Boulevard Auto Zone, which occurred on March 7 and March 20, respectively, and with the March 7 armed robbery of the Ram's Mart, located at 243 Wicker St.
The suspect also was charged in connection with the attempted armed robbery of Right Stop, located at 133 S. Gulf St., on March 10.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections public offender database, Boone previously has been convicted of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny and felony breaking and entering.
Boone was placed in the Lee County Jail under a $400,000 secured bond.