Pitt Co. man sentenced for armed robbery spree

PITT COUNTY - A Greenville man was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison, for holding up seven stores in less than two weeks.

In addition to the 19-year prison sentence, James Arthur Acklin, Jr., 21, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release, and pay a restitution of $6,871.08.

According to investigators, Acklin used a gun to rob seven convenience and cellular phone stores in and around Greenville. The armed robberies happened between April and May of 2011.

On April 22, 2011  Acklin held up a Wilco-Hess convenience store, on South Memorial Drive in Greenville, police said. Acklin got away with $771.00, police said.

Three days later, Acklin held up and robbed the Kangaroo Express convenience store on Charles Boulevard in Greenville, stealing $176.68, investigators said.

Then, on April 27, 2011, Acklin robbed $96.46 from the Kangaroo Express convenience store on Eastern Pines Road in Greenville, police said.

The next day, Acklin robbed, at gunpoint, the Kangaroo Express convenience store on Southeast Greenville Boulevard in Greenville. Officers said $66.00 were stolen.

On April 29, Acklin, along with Julius Deshawn Hobbs, robbed the Sunshine Wireless store on Third Street in Ayden, getting away with $3,288.97, police said.

Then, On May 2, 2011, Acklin and Hobbs held up the U.S. Cellular store on Winterville Parkway in Winterville, stealing $1,393.00, according to investigators.

The last store held up by Acklin and Hobbs was the U.S. Cellular store on Southwest Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, police said. Another man, Marquail Earl Mouring, was also involved in the the heist, which happened on May 3, 2011. Police said the trio stole $1,080.00.

Hobbs, of Greenville, was previously sentenced to 11 years in prison, for his role in the robbery spree. Mouring was previously sentenced to nine years behind bars.

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