Conway robber quickly nabbed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 7, 2005

CONWAY – Quick reaction and a little luck make a good combination.

At least they did in the early morning hours of July 4.

Employees of Red Apple Market #46 (Conway) called Northampton County Central Dispatch at 2:19 a.m. Monday reporting an armed robbery.

According to reports given to the Conway Police Department, a black male entered the store and produced a small caliber handgun and said he wanted the money out of the register.

&uot;The clerk obliged the request and then the individual fled on foot,&uot; Conway Police Chief Billy Wayne Duke said.

The chief said the call from central dispatch was immediately relayed to Conway Officer Kenny Melton, who patrolling in the area of Hundley Circle.

&uot;Officer Melton saw a black male walking up Hundley Circle who fit the description given,&uot; Duke said. &uot;He detained the subject, searched him and found a handgun.&uot;

The chief indicated Melton had the suspect in custody and had taken him back to the Red Apple where he was identified about 10 minutes after the call came in.

Arrested and charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon was 18-year-old Calvin Dewayne Britt of Elm Street, Weldon. He is under a $50,000 bond in the Northampton County Jail.

Duke said other charges are pending because Britt is a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm.

Once Britt was transported to the Northampton County Jail, a thorough search found all the cash taken from the Red Apple on his person.

Duke indicated others might be charged in the incident.