GRANITE FALLS, N.C – Police have a new lead in the murder and robbery at a Granite Falls pawn shop that happened just over a year ago.
Following up on a tip from a source, Granite Falls police found a number of guns tossed along Highway 321 that were taken from the Granite Gun and Pawn Shop when the store was robbed on Dec. 28, 2009.
Tony Lee Myers, 65, was the father of the store’s owner. He was shot and killed as he worked behind the counter.
Granite Falls Police Chief Richard Bolick says the tipster told investigators last weekend that they would find a stolen gun if they looked along the southbound shoulder of 321 in Granite Falls.
Investigators not only found that gun, but several other weapons that could all be traced back to the pawn shop.
More than 30 investigators with dogs and metal detectors combed the area again today, searching some 2 miles along the highway shoulder.
"It raises our spirits a little knowing that we are heading in the right direction," said Bolick
He said he believed the guns had been dumped within the past month - just over a year after the homicide.
"It also gives us the idea that someone locally, in the area, does know something," he added.
Jody Myers, who owned the pawn shop where his father was killed, said the family was encouraged that police had a fresh new lead that might lead to arrest.
Chris Street runs a car repair shop near the now-closed pawn shop and remembered Myers as being a kind man.
He was glad to hear there was a new lead in the case.
“I hope they catch the fellow," Street said.
After Myers' killing in 2009, police released a sketch of a possible suspect but no one has been arrested.
Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 828-758-8300.