Robbery suspect to serve probation
by Kellen Short
A man accused of robbing a Boone convenience store at gunpoint in 2011 will serve three years' probation after entering a deferred prosecution agreement with the state Wednesday.
George Martin Schlaeppi, 22, of High Point, was arrested a day after robbing the Kangaroo Express on West King Street of $84 on May 24, 2011, according to police and court documents.
Schlaeppi entered the store around 3 a.m. with a shirt tied around his head and demanded money from the clerk before leaving in an SUV, according to police. The Boone Police Department quickly released surveillance photos and video of the incident.
Schlaeppi was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.
After his arrest, Schlaeppi informed authorities that he had taken about 20 Xanax pills, commonly used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, without a prescription in the two days preceding the robbery. The day prior he also had consumed alcohol, according to court documents.
The morning after the incident, Schlaeppi said he found money in his vehicle and saw media reports of the incident. He said he did not recall the crime, according to a statement.
Schlaeppi entered into an agreement Wednesday on the lesser charge of attempted common law robbery, which prosecutors will dismiss if he meets certain requirements.
The defendant must complete three years' supervised probation or finish a four-year degree, the agreement states. Neither can be completed before June 2015.
He also must complete 100 hours of community service, must not consume alcohol or drugs and must pay a $500 fine, $84 in restitution to the store and court costs.
As part of his probation, Schlaeppi must submit to random drug tests and warrantless searches and must remain enrolled full-time in school with good academic standing, according to the agreement.
If he does not comply with the stipulations, prosecutors may proceed with a trial.