Police catch Advanced Electronics robber

Kristin ZacharyStaff Writerkzachary@heartlandpublications.com

December 4, 2011

The Elkin Police Department on Friday charged a Jonesville man with the Nov. 18 armed robbery at Advanced Electronics in Elkin.

James Dexter King, 39, of 1016 Oak Lane, Jonesville, has been charged with one count robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of second degree kidnapping, one count assault by pointing a gun and one count of assault on a female.

King was picked up by officers with the Wilkesboro Police Department around 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

According to a media release by the EPD, warrants were on file for King’s arrest in connection with the armed robbery at Advanced Electronics, 544 CC Camp Road #1500, Elkin.

EPD responded at 9:16 a.m. Nov. 18 to the reported armed robbery at the business and determined the suspect took more than 100 cell phones, totaling more than $30,000 in value.

An employee of the store said in the incident report that the suspect approached and asked where the phones were kept. The suspect displayed a handgun with a silver slide and black grip as a method of intimidation, according to the report. The suspect was led by employees to the phone closet.

The report states the suspect hit one of the employees in the back of the head with the gun and directed the other employee to fill his duffle bag with phones.

Employees were also instructed to fill two store bags with iPhones, empty the cash from the register and place their cell phones on the counter, according to the report.

The suspect then unplugged the store phone and took the three employees to an office, where he instructed them to stay for five minutes before emerging back into the store area, the report states.

After being apprehended Dec. 2 by the Wilkesboro Police Department, King was transported to the EPD, where he was served with the warrants in connection to this robbery.

King was taken before a Surry County magistrate in Dobson, where he was placed under a $100,000 bond in the Surry County Jail, according to the media release.

On Nov. 23, EPD Chief Monroe Wagoner said three armed robberies that occurred between Oct. 27 and Nov. 18 could be linked.

As of press time, no arrests had been made in the armed robberies that occurred at the Dollar General on Oct. 27 or at the Aladdin’s Hallmark on Nov 15.

This is the fourth armed robbery in Elkin in less than a month’s time, with the previous three robberies occurring at a Wilco on Oct. 27, Dollar General on Oct. 27 and Aladdin’s Hallmark on Nov. 15.

“There’s a good possibility that it’s the same person who committed all three,” said Wagoner Nov. 23 of the Dollar General, Aladdin’s Hallmark and Advanced Electronics robberies.

The suspect in the Oct. 27 robbery at the Wilco, 626 CC Camp Road, was apprehended and charged with the crime on Wednesday, Nov. 16.