GARLAND — A Garland woman has been arrested in connection with a robbery at Han-Dee Hugo’s on North Ingold Avenue, in which the suspect demanded money under the guise of being armed.
The robbery occurred in the early-hours Monday and the arrest was made Wednesday following investigation and what Sampson County Sheriff’s officials credited as a “strong rapport” with the Garland community in developing leads in the case.
Johnna Lynn Barnes, 36, of 95 N. 3rd St., Garland, has been charged with common law robbery, a felony offense. Bond was set at $25,000 secured. She was taken into custody at her Garland residence on Wednesday and booked in the Detention Center that afternoon.
The robbery was reported moments after 1 a.m. Monday at Han-Dee Hugo’s, located at 19 N. Ingold Ave., Garland. Sheriff’s authorities said the suspect demanded money and gave the impression she had a firearm.
Initial reports state that the suspect entered the store, “implied she had a weapon” and ordered the clerk to give her money. The clerk complied with the suspect’s request and, once she had money in hand, the suspect fled the store. The female was said in preliminary reports to be wearing a white hat, brown jacket and gray hoodie.
Following the incident, sheriff’s authorities implored anyone with information on the robbery to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Information was received and investigators used it to charge Barnes.
According to court records through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Barnes has convictions of larceny stemming from several incidents in August 2012, for which she was convicted in April 2013. Additionally, Barnes was convicted in August 2015 with larceny from merchant, a felony offense, stemming from a January 2015 incident. She was given an 18-month suspended sentence for the felony conviction, making her probation status still active as of Wednesday’s arrest.
Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said the Criminal Investigations Division was able to follow up on “numerous leads” and develop enough probable cause to arrest Barnes in connection with the Garland robbery.
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton cited the strong relationship between his officers and citizens.
“The Sheriff’s Office has developed a strong rapport with the Garland community and it was through this public trust that investigators were able to develop leads and make an arrest in this case,” the sheriff stated.
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