Store Clerk Called Police Chief Shouting “Robbery! Robbery!”

Photo by John Payne

MICRO – Micro Police Chief T. Macon Jones was sitting at his desk at the Micro Police Department around 1:00pm Monday when his cell phone rang. He recognized the number as a clerk at the Micro Mini Mart directly across the street. When he answered, the clerk began shouting, “Robbery! Robbery!”

Chief Jones said he glanced out the window then started to run towards the business, at the corner of Highway 301 and Main Street. At the same time, a gunman who had just robbed the convenience store fled out the front door.

Chief Jones radioed for backup and began chasing the suspect on foot. He lost sight of the robber on Fayetteville Street. The police chief said he returned to the police station to get his patrol car and started canvassing the area for the robber.

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Johnston County sheriff’s deputies and Selma police officers arrived to assist in the search and to secure the store.

Within minutes, Chief Jones said his attention was drawn to a house under construction on Micro Road West. He asked a construction worker if he had seen the suspect. The worker pointed towards the house. As Chief Jones exited his patrol car, the suspect fled out the rear of the home. Following a brief foot chase the suspect was apprehended.

A Selma Police K-9 located the firearm and cash stolen from the business not far away.

Edgardo Rodriguez, age 41, of Raleigh was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was wanted on outstanding warrants from Raleigh Police for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.

Rodriguez was held on a $350,000 bond on the armed robbery charges, plus an additional $250,000 bond on the Raleigh Police warrants.

Quick thinking by the clerk, an immediate response by the Micro police chief, and the criminals decision to rob a business directly across the street from the police station, resulted in an arrest.

Chief Jones thanked the Selma Police Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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No injuries were reported.


        • Percy Lucas the Micro Pd. sure didn’t play a little while back when the officer jerked that old veteran out of his vehicle. As I recall the old man was parked at his home. That officer is no longer with the Micro Pd. I’m glad they caught the suspect.


  1. I think they’re dealing with a master criminal here. He robbed a store that’s directly in front of the Police Chief’s office and town hall😂

  2. I always try to understand those that always have some sort of negative comments. Small or larger town, Karma eventually gets you. Great job Chief!

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