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Robbers arrested after calling cops about flat tire, police say

Mark Franklin (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Jail) Mark Franklin (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Jail)
James Jennings  (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Jail) James Jennings (Photo courtesy of the Catawba County Jail)

By Jeff Rivenbark - email

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Two men accused of robbing a Hickory convenience store were arrested after calling police to help them fix a flat tire.

The Cubbard Express at 2770 Springs Road NE was robbed just before 11 p.m. on Sunday.

According to the Hickory Police Department, Mark Franklin of Conover approached the clerk at the counter and James Jennings of Claremont went over to the beer cooler in the store. 

Police say Franklin demanded money from the clerk and acted like he had a gun although the clerk never saw it.

The clerk handed money over to Franklin and both men left in a tan-colored, four-door Chevrolet police said.

Just before 3 a.m. Monday, police officers were called to the Hardees restaurant on Highway 321 NW in reference to a stranded motorist.

When officers arrived, they started helping a motorist with a flat tire.  The cops recognized the vehicle as the one in which the robbery suspects reportedly drove away in.

Within a short time, police were able to confirm that Franklin and Jennings were the two men involved in the Cubbard Express robbery.

Both were arrested and placed in the Catawba County Jail.  They were each given a $60,000 secured bond.

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