ASHEBORO — Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly robbed an Asheboro convenience store with a knife Sunday afternoon, and then, before making his getaway, hugged the owner and gave him back some of the money he’d taken.
According to a report from the Asheboro Police Department, several documents with a name, including a check stub, fell out of the man’s truck as he fled. Officers ran a records check and found a photograph on a driver’s license, which seemed to match video surveillance footage of the robber. The owner of Express Mart at 316 S. Fayetteville St. also identified the person on the license as the man who had robbed him.
Asheboro officers obtained warrants for the arrest of Dustin Wallace, 26, of 3096 Old Plank Road, Robbins, on the following charges: robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving to endanger. As of Monday afternoon, Wallace had not been located.
The police narrative of what happened reads like slapstick comedy, except for the part about blood and knives.
A man came into the Express Mart at a little after 10 p.m. on Sunday. He put a pair of knives that were in a holster on the counter as he paid for $2 worth of gas with two bloody $1 bills. The store owner noticed a cut on the man’s hand and asked if he was OK. The man — who was wearing khaki pants, a red, long-sleeved shirt that said Abercrombie & Fitch on the front, and a red and camo cap with an N.C. State logo — said he was OK.
He went out to his vehicle, a white Ford Ranger with a camper shell, and pumped gas. Then he came back into the store and went behind the counter. He pointed a knife at the owner and ordered him to open the cash register. The owner did so, then stepped back, his hands up. The man took the cash from the register, then ordered the owner to lift the register drawer; the man took money from under the drawer.
Then the robber asked the store owner if he wanted some of the money back. The owner replied that he could take all the money. “Just don’t hurt me,” he said. Then the thief gave the owner $90, hugged him twice, and told him to take care before returning to his truck, which was facing the store.
As the man attempted to make a U-turn to navigate his truck out of the parking lot, one of the front tires went off the edge of the pavement, which is higher than the adjacent lot. He could not back up, so he eventually drove forward, over the drop-off, which caused some things to fall out of the truck bed.
Officers found other things that fell from, or off of, the truck as the man fled: The camper shell and the papers that led to an ID were located on South Church Street, near its intersection with Kivett Street; a bed rail further down South Church Street; and another bed rail on Walker Avenue.