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Winston-Salem man arrested after robbing same store twice in one week

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3890 North Glenn Ave. in Winston-Salem (Google Maps)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say a suspect wanted for robbing a Winston-Salem convenience store at gunpoint was arrested Monday after he robbed the same store for a second time.

According to police, Lawrence Steven Butler, 29, of Winston-Salem, was arrested Monday evening after officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Akron Market BP-Amoco at 3890 North Glenn Ave.

Responding officers met with the store’s clerk, who told them the suspect was one of two people who robbed the store at gunpoint last week.

“The clerk provided a detailed description of the suspect,” police said.

Police said they used a K-9 to track the suspect near the intersection of Akron Drive and Ogburn Avenue, where he was taken into custody shortly after 9:45 p.m.

Butler is charged with common law robbery. Police said they also charged Butler with possession with intent to sell marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect is being held under a $25,000 secured bond.  His mugshot was not provided. 

In last week’s robbery, police said Butler and another suspect pointed handguns at the clerk when they entered the store.  After they obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects were last seen running east toward Liberty Street.

Police are still investigating the robberies and ask that anyone with information about the robberies to call Crimestoppers.