Greenville police make arrest in robbery that led to ECU Alert


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — An Ayden man has been arrested in an armed robbery that prompted an early morning ECU Alert.

Barrie Scott Thomson, 32, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, misdemeanor larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Greenville police received a call that a suspect had entered the Sheetz located at Charles Boulevard near campus , displayed a knife and demanded money.

The suspect left the store when the cashier refused to give him money, police said.

He also stole a pack of cigarettes as he exited the store, police said.

A short time later, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Greenville police received a report of a bright blue 2010 Ford Mustang stolen from the Speedway located at the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and 14th Street.

Officers with the Greenville Police Department’s Center City Unit found the car in the parking lot of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church on Golden Road.

Thomson was inside, and police said he matched the description of the suspect in both the robbery at Sheetz and the car theft at Speedway.

Witnesses identified Thomson as the suspect in both incidents, police said.

He was taken into custody without incident and remains in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond

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