Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Who is the last person you would expect to rob a WalMart at gunpoint? If you said the store's 83 year old greeter, you win $200 and control of the board...

Police in Statesville say an 83-year-old man who worked at a Wal-Mart store as a greeter is in jail, charged with donning a disguise and robbing the store at gunpoint Sunday night.

George Plane Jr., of Mooresville, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm inside the city limits, police say.

According to police, Plane was working Sunday night in his normal job at the Wal-Mart store in the Crossroads Shopping Center, off Interstate 40 just west of Interstate 77.

Sometime shortly before 7 p.m., police say, Plane went to his car.

Minutes later, a man wearing a disguise returned to the garden center area of the store and pointed a gun at an employee, demanding money from the cash register. Shortly after taking money, police say, the gunman fired at least one shot into the air. Police say the man escaped with money, got in his car and drove off.

Wal-Mart greeter, 83, charged in store robbery - CharlotteObserver.com

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