Arrests made in armed robbery of Atkinson store

Armed robbery at Family Dollar

ATKINSON, NC (WECT) - Two men suspected of robbing a Pender County store at gunpoint Wednesday morning have been arrested.

According to Cpt. James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Jamal James Whitmore, 20, of Burgaw, was arrested Thursday morning for his role in the armed robbery of a Family Dollar at 410 West Church Street in Atkinson.

Whitmore is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, larceny of a firearm and two counts of possession of stolen property. He was placed in the Pender County Jail under a $180,100 bond.

Warrants were obtained for a second suspect, Akeem McKoy, 21, also of Burgaw, who turned himself in Thursday and is in custody on a $200,000 bond. He is facing the same charges as Whitmore.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Whitmore and McKoy are suspected of entering the Family Dollar, displaying a shotgun and demanding money. The masked suspects then fled on foot.

No one was injured in the incident, according to Rowell.

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