By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief
Two Mullens residents were arrested in connection with the robbery of the 7-Eleven in Maben.
Lonnie Shrewsbury, 45, was charged with armed robbery, according to Wyoming County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy C.S. Parker. Shrewsbury’s bond was set at $50,000.
Lea Ann Mills, 35, was charged with accessory to armed robbery and conspiracy, Parker said. Her bond was set at $25,000.
Both remained in Southern Regional Jail Tuesday evening in lieu of bond.
The suspect entered the store about 9 p.m. Friday, Parker said, wearing a bandana over his face and a ball cap.
He threatened the clerk with a knife, grabbed the cash and ran to a waiting car, Parker said. A witness was able to provide a description of the vehicle.
When authorities caught Shrewsbury and Mills, who allegedly drove the vehicle, in Mullens only minutes later, Shrewsbury had tossed the knife, bandana, ball cap, jacket and sweat pants at different locations along the road.
“By the time we stopped him, he was wearing shorts and a T-shirt — completely different clothes than what he had on in the surveillance video,” Parker explained.
Mullens Police Department assisted in the investigation.
In a separate incident Friday, two vehicles collided and one went into a carport in East Pineville, according to Parker.
Both drivers were transported to an area hospital as a precaution, according to officials.
One of the drivers, a woman, ran from her vehicle, but was found nearby a few minutes later.
Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology screening before filing charges.
The investigation is continuing.
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