GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police said they are searching for an armed man who robbed a Greenville convenience store.
According to Sgt. Joe Friday Jr., the suspect entered City Gas at 1799 N. Greene St. at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The man, armed with a handgun, then allegedly jumped the counter and demanded money.
Employees say the owner was alone in his store.
Witnesses heard the commotion and went to see what was going on. A woman who claims to have placed the 9-1-1 call told Newschannel12 she "looked inside the store, and we see the robber, with the owner."
Officers responded within minutes with a K-9 unit, which led them to Jolly's Pawn Shop, which is located just down the street. That's where they believe the suspect had a car waiting to make his escape.
Sam Obeid is the brother of the man who was in the store, as well as the store manager. When Obeid heard what happened he says he "was thinking it was gonna be a lot worse than this 'cause, you know, when they come like that."
Obeid says the robber made off with about $1,000 dollars in cash as well as a handgun that was in the store.
"They got some good leads about this guy and uh, I hope they, I hope they get him," said Obeid.
The suspect was described as a black male, about 5'8'' and 200 pounds with green or hazel eyes. He was wearing a black shirt and covered his face with a white t-shirt, Sgt. Friday said.
The surveillance video also shows the suspect wearing gloves.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at (252) 329-4315.