Police in Selma and Smithfield are searching for a suspect believed to be linked to two holdups Wednesday morning. The first robbery happened at a convenience store on US70 in Selma. A short time later, around 9:10am, the same suspect is believed to have robbed the 101 Smoke Shop at 600 S. Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield.
During the 101 Smoke Shop Robbery, the suspect entered the store indicating he was armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded money as he forced an employee behind the store counter. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the area on foot. There were no customers in the business at the time.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121 or the Selma Police Department at 919-965-8189.