Newton police arrest suspect in convenience store robbery

James Weathers Picture courtesy of the Newton Police Department
James Weathers
Picture courtesy of the Newton Police Department


On Thursday, June 19th, 2014 Newton Police Investigators arrested James Alexander Weathers, 28, of 2224 Emmanuel Church Rd Conover and charged him with (1) count of Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon. Leads developed by investigators during the course of their investigation pointed to Mr. Weathers as a suspect. When investigators interviewed Mr. Weathers yesterday he confessed to the below listed Armed Robbery and also (3) other Breaking and Entering crimes (1) in Alexander County and (2) in Catawba County. Mr. Weathers was placed in the Catawba County Detention Center and held on a $25,000 secured bond.

Editor’s note: The portion of the press release displayed below is the original release describing the incident.

On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, at 11:31 pm, the Newton Police Department responded to 334 E. 20th Street Newton, reference a reported armed robbery at the Kangaroo convenience store. Upon arrival, officers were advised that the suspect entered the store and approached the clerk with a large knife demanding all the money from the register. Once the store clerk gave the suspect the money, the suspect exited the store using the front entrance and was last seen running west from the store.

Surveillance video from the store (attached to this release) shows the suspect enter the store and exit from the same direction. The suspect appears to be wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gas mask and some type of brown glove.

Anyone that has any information on this case or can assist in identifying the suspect is asked to call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

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