North Carolina

Knife-wielding robber in NC Family Dollar gets away with . . . a pack of gum, cops say

A robbery didn’t go quite as planned for a knife-wielding thief in North Carolina, police say.

A man walked up to the check-out counter to buy a pack of gum at a Family Dollar store in Thomasville on Thursday night, Thomasville Police said Friday.

When the employee opened the register, the man pulled out a knife and demanded money, police said, but the worker screamed, and the man ran out of the store.

He got away with just the pack of gum, according to police.

A customer had just left and two employees were in the store at the time, police say, but no one was injured during the incident.

Now police are looking for the suspect.

He was wearing a dark hoodie, blue jeans and boots and was last seen running toward Unity Street, police say, and anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-476-8477.

Thomasville is in Davidson County, about 100 miles west of Raleigh.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.