Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) responded this morning to an armed robbery call at the Mebane Antique Auction Gallery on US Highway 70 West. Two men entered the business through an unlocked door and robbed the owner at gunpoint. A short time later, deputies arrested one suspect. The search continues for the other man.
After the robbery, the victim called 911 and telecommunicators dispatched the call at 8:56 am. The owner reported two men entered the business; at least one of them had a black semi-automatic pistol. The intruders took the victim’s cell phone, a large amount of cash, and assaulted him by pushing him into a different area of the business where they thought they would find more money. During the altercation, the suspects ripped the owner’s shirt; he was otherwise unharmed. The suspects eventually fled on foot, out the back of the business. They ran into the woods in the direction of Ashbury Square, which is in Mebane city limits.
Captain Joshua Wood of the Investigations Division expressed relief that the victim was not more seriously injured. “These men knew what they wanted. I am, of course, thrilled the victim is okay. I am also very pleased with the speed of the first arrest; Mr. Lucas was in our custody shortly after the robbery. Our canine team did a great job tracking the suspects. At some point, the suspects separated. We are actively investigating the identity of the second man and we are hopeful we will have another arrest to report soon.”
The suspect still at large is a male with a dark complexion. He is about 5’10” or 5’11” tall. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black shirt and black pants. OCSO Investigator Z. Baldwin is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call him at (919) 245-2939.