Rite Aid robbery suspect arrested
by Staff Reports
Wesley Alan Cox, 20, of Deep Gap, was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and failure to appear in court, according to police.
The police department responded Jan. 2 to a robbery at Rite Aid pharmacy on Shadowline Drive. The suspect entered the store and presented a note demanding prescription drugs, warning that he had a gun, police said at the time.
During the investigation, police discovered forensic evidence that linked Cox to the robbery. Detective David Osborne obtained arrest warrants for the robbery Sept. 18, but Cox could not be found. Officers received information that Cox was actively hiding to avoid arrest.
On Wednesday, deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office were instrumental in tracking down Cox, police said. Deputies discovered him hiding in a home on Knowles Haven Lane in Boone, underneath a pile of clothing in a closet.
"We are grateful to the agencies that assisted us in solving this case," Lt. Chris Hatton of the Boone Police Department said. "Our detectives did a great job processing the crime scene, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations used what we sent them to link Cox, who was already a suspect, to this crime. Although we suspected Cox, we just couldn't prove it without the help of the state lab."
Cox was issued a $100,000 secured bond pending an Oct. 31 court appearance.
Police also charged Cox Wednesday with felony larceny of a firearm. Investigators believe he entered Grashal Outdoors on Sept. 17 and took a pistol. The gun has not been recovered.
He was issued a $20,000 secured bond and Oct. 31 court date for this charge.