by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal court records show a man initially charged with one auto parts store armed robbery was involved in ten more in the summer of 2009.
The armed robberies at Napa, Advance, Auto Zone and O’Reilly Auto Parts stores were fast, furious and seemed to happen in bunches, from Charlotte to Kannapolis to Rock Hill.
At the time, police asked people driving by auto parts stores to pay attention to who was entering the store just in case it could help solve the crimes.
Dates of the armed robberies stem from July 13, 2009 to August 10, 2009.
NewsChannel 36 read the list to Amanda Austin, because prosecutors said the suspect – 22-year-old Rashard Dean Boyd – also robbed a Subway in Rock Hill and a Domino’s Pizza in Concord. The Domino’s is very close to her yoga center.
Employees at those stores and restaurants wouldn’t talk on camera Wednesday, but said police have been keeping them in the loop on Boyd’s federal robbery conspiracy and weapon charges. They said they hope the plea deal means Boyd gets a long prison sentence.
Some employees said they had guns stuck in their backs and faces as Boyd allegedly forced them to hand over cash so he wouldn’t leave fingerprints.
One employee told us he hasn’t been the same since and almost left his job.
“You breathe a little easier,” Austin said.
Two doors down was too close for comfort. She said she’s happy so many victims are seeing some justice.
“It makes me feel more confident that the law is working in our favor,” she said.
We called Boyd’s attorney to try to get details of the plea deal but didn’t hear back. He’s due in court September 21 for the plea hearing, according to court records.
Authorities also arrested two alleged accomplices who are due in court in October.