Crime notebook: Suspect wanted in Dollar General armed robbery

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Detectives are searching for the man in this photo, who is suspected of robbing a Dollar General in the Castle Hayne area. Surveillance photo courtesy of NHCSO.
Detectives are searching for the man in this photo, who is suspected of robbing a Dollar General in the Wrightsboro area. Surveillance photo courtesy of NHCSO.

Detectives are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a store in northern New Hanover County.

A man entered the Dollar General, 2523 Castle Hayne Road, shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and robbed a store clerk at gunpoint, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Jason Augst.

The suspect reportedly gave money to the clerk to purchase candy, Augst said. But when the clerk opened the register, the suspect reportedly showed a small black handgun and demanded money.

The suspect is described as a black man who is about 40 years old. He wore a bright green hat, dark green T-shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 910-798-4220 or the front desk at 910-798-4161. Anonymous tips can be submitted on the sheriff’s office website.