Robbery suspects charged for two store hits in one night

CRAVEN COUNTY - Police have charged two armed robbery suspects for allegedly targeting two New Bern convenience stores in one night.

Claude Justin Fenner, 20, of Queen Anne Lane in New Bern, and Deontre Ulysses Randall, 20, of College Way in New Bern, were each charged on Friday, Feb. 22. with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

According to police, the pair first tried to rob the Family Dollar, on the 1400 block of Neuse Blvd. on Jan. 7, 2013. But the clerk working the register did not give up cash, and the armed men walked away empty-handed, police said.

About 30 minutes later, Fenner and Randall robbed the Broad Street Mini Mart, on the 800 block of Broad St., police said. They made off with $300, investigators said.

Fenner and Randall were also charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, for an incident that happened on Jan. 18, 2013, on the 600 block of East Front St.

Both suspects were already in the Craven County Jail when the new charges were filed. They were each being held under a $40,000 bond on the new charges.

Police had previously arrested and charged another man, for allegedly robbing a different New Bern convenience store on the same night as the other two holdups.

Police said Matthew Thomas Small, 21, of Corinth Drive in New Bern, robbed the Five Points Mini Mart, on Oaks Road and Glenburnie Road, on Jan. 7. He was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and driving with a revoked license.

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