Wilmington man sentenced in pair of convenience store armed robberies

Wilmington man sentenced in pair of convenience store armed robberies
James Jeffery Ramsey (Source; NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to a pair of armed robberies and stealing from his employer.

According to the District Attorney's Office, James Jeffrey Ramsey, 50, entered a guilty plea on Tuesday to two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of larceny by employee.

Ramsey was given an 8-10 year prison sentence.

On Aug. 22, 2017, Ramsey entered the Scotchman store at 898 South Kerr Avenue and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He reportedly made off with $120 in cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes.

About a month later, Ramsey pulled a gun on a clerk at the Phoenix Mart on South 17th Street, getting away with $170 in cash from the register.

Both incidents were captured on video, which helped police identify Ramsey.

US Marshals arrested Ramsey a week later in the 1400 block of Cameron Court. After his arrest, he admitted to robbing the stores and using a BB gun to commit the offenses.

Prior to the armed robberies, Ramsey was hired in February of 2017 as a clerk at the Shop-N-Go, located at 1620 Market Street. Four months later, the owner contacted police after surveillance video captured Ramsey bagging up 18 cartons of Newport cigarettes and giving them to another person who left without paying.

According to prosecutors, Ramsey has a prior conviction of robbery in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 2005.

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