Woman robs Canton convenience store

By DeeAnna Haney | Feb 15, 2013

Police are on the lookout for a woman who robbed a Canton convenience store employee at knife point Wednesday evening.

A young woman, possibly in her 20s, walked into Smokey Mountain Express on Newfound Street around 8:30 p.m. demanding money from the cash register, said Canton Police Chief Bryan Whitner.

She threatened the female employee, who was alone in the store at the time, but did not injure her. The suspect left on foot and dropped the knife on her way out.

The woman was wearing an orange full face toboggan and a blue sweatshirt with the hood on. She is described as being about 5 feet tall and walks with a limp.

Whitner said detectives are still looking for leads and witnesses in the case. He asks anyone who may have driven by the convenience store between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday and may have information to call the Canton Police Department at 648-2376.

The incident seems to be part of a trend involving female robberies, considering several recent similar cases in western North Carolina.

Efforts to locate a woman who robbed the Waynesville Credit Union in early January have been unsuccessful so far, although detectives have followed up on several leads.

Another woman robbed SunTrust Bank in downtown Black Mountain Feb. 7 and a man dressed as a woman, with a sundress and wig, robbed an Asheville bank in January.

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