Suspect in Norlina turns himself in to police

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 05:42 PM

NORLINA — Preston Jackson McGhee turned himself in to police Friday, one day after he was listed as wanted for armed robbery.

McGhee, 27, of 212 Baltimore Church Road, Warrenton, was wanted in connection to the armed robbery of Biz Center, an Internet sweepstakes café at 133 Hyco Street.

Police began searching for him after viewing video surveillance of the 10:24 a.m. robbery. Police Chief Bobby Braxton said McGhee’s arrest went without incident.

McGhee faces charges of armed robbery and larceny. He was jailed on $60,000 bond and has a hearing in Warren County District Court on Dec. 19.

McGhee is accused of taking between $500 and $1,000.

According to Braxton, the business had just opened and no customers were present at the time of the robbery. Video footage showed an assailant armed with a large knife that Braxton said he believed to be a chrome plated.

“He had pulled his tee shirt up over his nose, but he was still identifiable,” Braxton said. “I think it may have been friends or others close to him who convinced him to come in.”

Police have not recovered the weapon.

“I’m sure he got rid of it,” Braxton said.

The assailant on video left the store, then according to police reports he sped away in a dark-colored Chevrolet Trailblazer, heading west on Hyco Street. Braxton said there was no indication that anyone else drove the vehicle or helped McGhee in any way.

“He was alone,” Braxton said.

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