ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A man wanted in connection with a CVS Pharmacy and gas station robberies in St. Johns County was arrested in North Carolina Thursday after leading police on a chase following an attempted traffic stop, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said Alan Donald Pegram, 27, and another man walked into the Speedway at the intersection of Roberts Road and State Road 13 about 2:45 a.m., and one of them brandished a hammer and demanded money from the cash register while the other acted as a lookout at the front door.
The clerk handed the men an undetermined amount of cash, and they then walked to the cooler, took out an unknown amount of beer and ran off toward Roberts Road, deputies said. A witness said they saw Pegram drive away in a black pickup truck.
Police said investigators with the Sheriff's Office major crimes unit went to Greensboro, North Carolina, where they found Pegram and the truck.
Shortly after the robbery on Tuesday, Major Crimes Detectives were able to identify the truck involved in the robbery through evidence left behind at the scene. Additionally, investigators learned the truck had been reported stolen from North Carolina and a suspect in the theft had been named.
The evidence obtained from the robbery scene also linked the Pegram in the stolen truck case, police said. Detectives obtained a warrant for Pegram, then contacted investigators in North Carolina, advising them of the events in St. Johns County.
Law enforcement officers in North Carolina encountered the stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. Pegram led police on a pursuit before he was eventually stopped and taken into custody.
St. Johns County detectives were notified of the events in North Carolina and went to Greensboro to continue their investigation and processed the vehicle for any evidence connecting Pegram to any criminal events in St. Johns County.
Pegram and was taken to the Guilford County Jail, where he was booked on numerous North Carolina charges, as well as being held on the St. Johns County warrant for robbery.