PLEASANT HILL — A Pleasant Hill man has been arrested at his home and charged in a store robbery after telling the store clerk he had a gun.
Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Deputy William James responded to the Pilot Travel Center at Highway 48 and Interstate 95 in Pleasant Hill in reference to a reported armed robbery.
James spoke with the store’s assistant manager and the clerk on duty at the time of the incident, Smith said, and they told police a black male had entered the store wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, approached the counter and asked for an item.
When the clerk returned, Smith said, the robber demanded money from the register, telling the clerk he had a gun. The thief received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot into the nearby woods.
Bloodhounds from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety were called to the scene to perform a track, Smith said, while James continued an on-site investigation, determining the suspect had been in the store several times the night of the robbery.
James was assisted in the investigation by Sgt. Jonathan Jenkins, deputies Jeff Barnes and Ikeisha Jacobs and Det. Sgt. Altessie Taylor, as well as personnel from the Gaston Police Department.
The K-9 track was unsuccessful.
Smith said investigation led to the identification of 27-year-old Jermel D. Broady as a suspect in the case.
Around 4 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Jason Boone, Deputy Patrick Jacobs and Garysburg Assistant Police Chief Melvin Garner arrested Broady at his Pleasant Hill residence without incident.
Broady is charged with armed robbery and trespassing. He is being held in the Northampton County Detention Center under $100,000 bond and had his first appearance Monday. No new court date has been scheduled.