Gastonia man accused of robbing store twice in 3 weeks

Gastonia man accused of robbing store twice in 3 weeks

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 16 at 4:21 PM

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Authorities accuse a 36-year-old North Carolina man of robbing the same truck stop at gun point twice within three weeks.

The Gaston Gazette reports that Michael Ben Self of Gastonia is charged with two counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of larceny.

He is accused of walking into the AmBest travel center in Kings Mountain, pointing a gun at the clerk and demanding money on July 22 and Aug. 9.

Investigators say video surveillance showed the man in both robberies had similar characteristics.

Self was being held in jail in Cherokee County, S.C., on a charge of failure to stop for a blue light. He will be extradited to Cleveland County to face the robbery charges.

It was unclear if Self had an attorney.

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