Three arrested in assault, drive-by robbery at Walmart parking lot

POSTED: 4:07 PM Jan 08 2013   UPDATED: 4:10 PM Jan 08 2013
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GREENVILLE -

Three suspects, who allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her purse at a Walmart parking lot, then used the victim's credit card to buy diapers for an infant, were arrested. According to investigators, the suspects were also responsible for several other robberies in North Carolina and Virginia.

Terren Hill, 20, of Windsor, Ashley Sheppard, 20, of Windsor, and Thomas Navarro, 18, of Woodville, were taken into custody by Greenville Police, with the help of the Elizabeth Police Department and The Perquimans County Sheriff's Office.

On Dec. 26, 2012, the suspects were driving a white car through a Walmart parking lot, at SW Greenville Blvd., when one of the suspects allegedly reached out and grabbed a woman's purse, knocking the victim to the ground, police said. The car did not stop during the robbery. Investigators believed that during the heist, the suspects had an infant in the car with them.

Less than 30 minutes later, the suspects used the victim's credit card at the Family Dollar Store, on Easy Street in Greenville, to buy baby diapers and other items, police said.
 
According to detectives, the three suspects committed similar types of robberies in other cities and counties, including two robberies in Chesapeake, Virginia and one in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Hill, Sheppard and Navarro were each charged with common law robbery, financial card theft and obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Hill and Navarro were charged with assault on a female. The investigation was ongoing and more charges may be brought, investigators said.