Arrests made in White Post store armed robbery

Published 8:58 pm Thursday, December 7, 2017

A return to the scene of the crime led to robbery charges for four people.

The charges revolved around the armed robbery of the White Post store on N.C. Highway 92 near Bath.

Christopher Paul Dempsey Jr., 28, of Washington, was charged recently with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of conspiracy and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Crysta Lyann Lusk, 24, Gene Kelly Foster Jr., 40, and Kathy Darlene Davidson, 45, were also charged with one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

The alleged crime took place on Sept. 29, according to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: the clerk on duty at the time of the robbery told deputies an unknown white male, with his face covered, entered the store just before closing, pointed a gun at her and demanded money. The suspect, who was in the store for less than two minutes, took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on foot in an unknown direction, the release stated.

But on Nov. 21, investigators got a tip from an unexpected source — the clerk who was on duty at the time.

“The male suspect made the mistake of coming back into the store the week of his arrest to make a purchase, along with one of the females. The same clerk was working, and she recognized his voice,” said Lt. Jim Vanlandingham, head of the sheriff’s office criminal investigations division. “She recognized his voice, and she looked at his eyebrows and immediately knew it was him that had robbed her.”

Vanlandingham said the clerk immediately texted her boss, who was nearby. When he arrived at the store, “Mr. Dempsey and Ms. Lusk left the store in a hurry.”

With the assistance of the store’s video and a license plate number, the four were charged. While Dempsey was identified as the store’s robber, Vanlandingham said the others were part of the plan.

“They were waiting down a side road near the store, and they received some of the money — they took a cut of the money after the robbery,” Vanlandingham said.

Dempsey, who is from West Virginia, is wanted by the states of Virginia and West Virginia, but Vandlandingham said he wasn’t sure on what charges.