Pineville murder suspect charged in 9 robberies

Pineville murder suspect charged in 9 robberies

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on January 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two men are charged in connection with nine robberies in the Charlotte area, and one of those suspects is also charged with murder.

Jarred Bolli was killed in a Pineville apartment community on Sunday. Robbery is one of the possible motives, and police say that's a crime that the suspect, Jamal Pittman, allegedly knows very well.

Pittman and Steven Chambers were arrested by the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team Wednesday night for a string of holdups.

One of the robbery victims, a clerk at the Gas-N-Go convenience store on Carowinds Boulevard, talked about his ordeal.

"They put a gun to my head and tell me, 'Where is the money? Let's go to the register,'" the clerk said. "If not for God I would have been dead. These people would have got me down that day."

Police say that the string of robberies began Dec. 17 and ended Jan. 20 at Gas-N-Go. A total of nine businesses were hit, including a McDonald's, two Circle K stores, two Dunkin' Donuts stores, a Petro Express, a Harris Teeter and a Taco Bell.

York County sheriff's deputies think the pair might be involved with the robbery of a Wendy's in Lake Wylie. If proven, that would make a 10th business.

"So, of course, proximity to Charlotte, the area these gentlemen were operating in gives us reasons to look at them," said Mike Baker with the York County Sherriff's Department.

Pineville police are looking for Michael Leon King in connection with the murder. Pineville, Charlotte and York County investigators are trying to determine if he and others are involved with the robberies.

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