Monday, January 13, 2014 11:51 PM
Man charged in string of armed robberies
By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor
Police say the robber who held up two Wilson convenience stores last month was caught Sunday night after robbing a Nash County store at gunpoint.
Nash County sheriff’s deputies captured 23-year-old Logan Scott Farmer in a foot chase after they say he sped away from the store and wrecked his car. Farmer is accused of robbing Wilson’s Kangaroo Express and Hess stores in December.
"We had actually been working with Nash County and Rocky Mount (police) because we’ve had similar cases,” Wilson police Capt. Keith Pendergrass said. "We had compared notes and videos and determined that this was the same person we were looking for.”
Farmer also is accused of robbing three convenience stores in Nash County and one in Edgecombe County. Pendergrass said investigators had developed a common suspect in the heists but had not identified Farmer before his Sunday arrest.
"We had everything going except a name until last night,” Pendergrass said on Monday.
Nash County sheriff’s Lt. Todd Wells said Farmer was caught after robbing the Pit Stop convenience store on West Mount Drive south of Rocky Mount. A bystander saw Farmer running from the store to his car with a rifle and drove off after him, Wells said.
Farmer crashed his car on South Old Carriage Road and ran away, according to the sheriff’s office. Wells said he stole a car from another West Mount Drive convenience store.
Nash County deputies, Rocky Mount police and state troopers found Farmer and the stolen car at a Food Lion supermarket in Rocky Mount. Authorities chased him behind the store and arrested him without incident.
"This was a joint effort between numerous departments tonight that was able to bring a very dangerous criminal to justice,” Wells said. "We are just thankful that no one was hurt tonight or in any of the robberies.”
Wilson police say Farmer robbed the Hess store on the 4900 block of N.C. 58 North on Dec. 18 and held up Kangaroo Express on the 2800 block of Ward Boulevard on Dec. 20.
Police sought the public’s help to identify the robber and released surveillance video from the Kangaroo heist. Detectives hoped the crisp sound would allow someone to recognize the man’s voice.
"Open the register,” he’s seen telling the Kangaroo Express clerk in the video. "Quick, quick, now. Put it in the bag — all of it. Under the drawer. Everything. Put it in the (expletive) bag. Don’t call nobody for five (expletive) minutes.”
Police said the robber flashed a weapon at the Hess station and told the clerk at Kangaroo that he had a weapon.
Pendergrass credits cooperation between local law enforcement agencies as a key factor in Farmer’s arrest.
"There are obviously times when there are cases that the suspects don’t really confine themselves to just our jurisdiction,” he said. "Any time we have cooperation between agencies, it’s obviously a whole lot better. I think everyone was a winner when we got him identified last night.”
Wells said Farmer admitted to all six armed robberies in an interview with Nash County detectives. Authorities believe he acted alone, Pendergrass said.
Farmer is accused of robbing a store on the 1500 block of Bloomery Road east of Bailey on Jan. 7. That heist occurred less than a mile from the Wilson County line.
Deputies said Farmer also robbed a WilcoHess store on Bethlehem Road in Rocky Mount.
Farmer, of the 6000 block of Farmers Lane outside Nashville, faces four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and larceny of a motor vehicle in the Nash and Edgecombe cases.
Wilson police expect to charge him with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, Pendergrass said.
The robbery charge is a Class D felony with an average sentence of up to 5 years, 4 months in prison for an offender without previous convictions.
Farmer was booked into the Nash County Jail in Nashville under a $300,000 secured bond.
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