Robbery Suspect Said He Was Joking

25-year-old David Philip Turner was arrested Sunday after Clayton Police said he wielded a knife and tried rob a Food Lion cashier.

Officers said just before 9 p.m., a man and his girlfriend were at the cash register purchasing items at US 70 Food Lion in Clayton, when the male placed a knife on the counter and demanded money from the cashier.

After a brief pause, the man and his girlfriend are seen on store surveillance video laughing and then both walking out with their purchased items.

Shortly after, Clayton Police were able to locate the suspect in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. Turner claimed that he had no intention of robbing the store and that he had simply made a bad joke.

Turner is charged with attempted armed robbery. He was taken to the Johnston County jail and give a $75,000 secured bond.

Arrested 3 Weeks Earlier
On July 8th, Turner was arrested for allegedly stealing $100 from the cash register at the Food Lion on Neuse River Parkway off Highway 42 East. At the time, Turner was a cashier at the grocery store.

A grocery store manager reported that while reviewing video security footage he reportedly saw an employee, identified as David Philip Turner, remove the money from a register.  The $100 was recovered.

Turner was arrested and charged July 8th with felony larceny by an employee. He was free on a $1,000 secured bond at the time the attempted robbery was reported Sunday night in Clayton.