Arrest made in Walgreens robbery
by Staff Reports
On Feb. 25, Keith Brandon Cunningham, 20, of Morganton, was arrested for felonious robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felonious tracking in opiates, according to the Boone Police Department. Cunningham is alleged to have entered Walgreens, located at 2184 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, on Feb. 16, demanding pills from the pharmacist while threatening the use of a gun.
Boone Police Department investigators issued a Crime Stoppers alert shortly after the robbery. Tips received from the Crime Stoppers alert led investigators to contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office concerning Cunningham. Cunningham was already wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for a 2013 breaking and entering incident.
Burke County investigators located Cunningham at an address provided by Boone Police Department investigators and arrested him on the outstanding breaking and entering warrants. Cunningham was subsequently served with warrants charging him with the armed robbery in Boone while he was still lodged in the Burke County Detention Center.
"I am very pleased with the speed our investigators were able to solve this robbery, and I greatly appreciate the invaluable assistance of the Burke County Sheriff's Office," said Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford.
"This again shows the important role of High Country Crime Stoppers in assisting Avery and Watauga County law enforcement agencies to solve crimes," said Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins, Watauga County Crime Stoppers law enforcement coordinator.
Cunningham was assigned a court date of April 28 and placed under a $150,000 secured bond for the offenses that occurred in Boone.