String of 12 robberies lands Fayetteville family in jail
Fayetteville, N.C. — Three members of a Fayetteville family have been charged in connection with 12 convenience store robberies on Yadkin, Raeford and Reilly roads over the past five months, police said Monday.
A Fayetteville police officer was in the parking lot early Sunday of Scotchman convenience store, at 6508 Yadkin Road, when he saw Erin Whitmeyer, 44, leave that store and get into a vehicle. As he followed the vehicle in his patrol car, a report that the store had been robbed by a woman matching Whitmeyer's description came over the radio, police said.
He stopped the vehicle, found an undisclosed amount of cash believed to be stolen from the store and took Whitmeyer into custody, police said.
Investigators later determined that Whitmeyer allegedly used a knife to rob the same store shortly after midnight on April 18.
Just a few hours earlier, on April 17, her son, Scott Whitmeyer Jr., 20, was arrested for attempting to rob a Sunoco gas station a few blocks away, at 6295 Yadkin Road. Police said Scott Whitmeyer Jr. took out a knife and demanded money from the clerk, at which point a customer overpowered and detained him until police arrived.