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Greenville police arrested two people Monday after a report they stole stereo equipment from Best Buy and one pulled a utility knife as they ran from the store, a news release said.
The incident occurred about 6 p.m. at the electronics store in the Lynncroft shopping center, according to the release issued Tuesday afternoon. A security guard at the store told officers he observed a woman and man walk to the car stereo section where each took Pioneer CD players and concealed them under their coats.
The guard followed them to the front of the store and through the first set of doors, the release said. He attempted to confront the female when she began yelling. The male suspect pulled out a utility knife and they both ran out of the store, the release said.
They fled the scene in a late 90s model Isuzu. The vehicle was stopped a short time later, and police detained driver Melissa Dawn Harris and passenger Robbie Lee Knowles.
The Best Buy guard identified the two as the thieves, and Greenville officers determined the vehicle was involved in an earlier theft at the Sears department store on South Memorial Drive, the release said.
Sears staff reported a white female took two portable DVD players, a pair of Nike tennis shoes, Craftsman drills, a men’s jacket and a mat cutter.
The car was identified through Sears security video, the release said. During a search of the vehicle, stolen property was located from both stores.
Knowles, 33, 576 Birchwood Drive in Greenville, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and given a $150,000 secured bond. Harris, 30, 576 Birchwood Drive, was charged with aid and abet armed robbery, felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny and given a $150,000 secured bond.
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