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Thief: 'I'm here to rob you'

November 29, 2010

Police arrested two people Saturday after they allegedly robbed a convenience store in Newton.
According to a police report, Coree Sean Collins, 30, and Tamara Elaine Pope, 29, both of Conover, demanded money from a store clerk at the Kangaroo Express in the 2400 block of N.C. 10 West.
Collins walked into the store, which was open, about 1:20 a.m. Saturday and approached a male clerk working at the cash register, according to Newton Police Chief Don Brown.
Collins allegedly told the clerk, "I'm here to rob you. Give me the money."
Brown said no weapons were used during the incident, and he doesn't think any customers were in the store at the time.
The clerk in the Kangaroo Express gave Collins an undisclosed sum of money in $1, $5 and $10 bills. Collins and Pope allegedly left the scene in a 1998 Ford Escort.
The clerk provided police with a physical description of Collins, as well as information about the Ford Escort. Newton Police issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for the vehicle and the suspects.
The N.C. Highway Patrol located the Ford Escort near the intersection of Startown and Short roads in Hickory, which is about 5 miles from the Kangaroo Express.
Collins and Pope were arrested by Newton Police at 2:06 a.m. According to the police report, Collins was under the influence at the time of his arrest.
Collins and Pope were each charged with felony common law robbery and taken to Catawba County jail. They were placed under $10,000 and $5,000 secured bonds, respectively.

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