The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding two men responsible for the robbery of the Whistle Stop Run-In store at 2469 Emmanuel Church Road near Conover.
The robbery occurred as two men entered store and one suspect distracted the owner while the other slipped into the office and went through the safe.
According to published reports, the man who took the money from the safe handed off some of the money to his accomplice, who then went back to the counter to buy lottery tickets and drinks with the stolen cash.
Officers believe the men may have left the store in a dark-colored Honda.
The storeowner, Mack Patel, didn’t know he had been robbed until several hours later.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call 828-466-7229.