A man may have stolen the most expensive soda in the Burke County on Monday when he walked out of the store with the drink in hand after an attempted armed robbery, according to Morganton law officers.
Johny Lee, 33, of Morganton, was charged with common law robbery and assault inflicting serious injury or with a deadly weapon after an armed robbery at Roses Discount Store, according to a release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety.
Charges against Lee came after police responded to an armed robbery call at 9:23 a.m. Monday at Roses on East Fleming Drive, the release said.
The cashier told police that a man, later identified as Lee, walked around the counter, pointed a box cutter at her and demanded all the money in the register.
She did not give him the money. Instead she pushed him away from her. He eventually gave up, grabbed a Sun Drop and ran out the door, according to the release.
A witness in the store told police they thought the cashier and suspect were just play fighting with each other, but when they realized that wasn’t the case, they screamed at the suspect to stop and the suspect left the store, the release said.
Another witness saw the suspect come to the store on a bicycle, then leave the store on the same bicycle, the release said.
Investigators reviewed footage of the incident from surveillance video and identified Lee as a suspect. He was arrested a few hours later, still wearing the same clothes from the robbery and with the bicycle he rode to Roses.
Lee has a previous felony conviction of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries, along with misdemeanor convictions of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats, according to a records check on the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.
He was held under an $80,000 secured bond at the Burke County Jail. He’s set to appear in court Thursday.