A Salisbury man has been arrested for the July 2 robbery of a Walgreens store in Mount Airy, local police have announced.
Jimmy McFadden Menius Jr., 52, is charged with armed robbery stemming from the incident at the Walgreens at 2069 Rockford St.
City police said at the time that Walgreens employees reported a man entered the business on the evening of July 2, displayed a weapon and demanded pills from the pharmacy. He exited the store through the main entrance and left the area in an unknown direction.
Since the incident, local authorities have been examining robberies in other jurisdictions hoping to establish a link with the crime here.
“We took a look at all pharmacy robberies in North Carolina and Virginia that had the same m.o. (modus operandi),” Capt Alan Freeman of the Mount Airy Police Department said Thursday afternoon.
This including examining the investigative files in Wytheville, Virginia, which had a similar case on the books.
When all the information was combined, it led to the suspect in Salisbury. “We found out where this guy lived,” Freeman said.
Thursday morning, members of the Mount Airy Police Department, along with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the Wytheville, Virginia, Police Department, executed a search warrant at 1350 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury.
A search of the residence revealed items of evidence believed to be used in the Mount Airy Walgreens robbery and other pharmacy robberies in North Carolina and Virginia.
“Other charges are to be forthcoming by other agencies” investigating robberies allegedly committed by Menius, Freeman added.
Menius was being held in the Rowan County Detention Center Thursday evening.
Freeman praised the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies in the investigation, and that of the tactical team of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, which led the execution of the search warrant.
Menius could be returned to Surry County at some point, although Freeman said the collective crimes allegedly linked to him might be prosecuted by federal authorities due to the interstate natures of the robberies.
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