Posted: 5:09 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

Police say robber identified with help of public

By Dave Faherty

NEWTON, N.C. —

An arrest was made Thursday in Newton, where a man was accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint.

Police said they got as many as a half-dozen phone calls after Channel 9 aired the surveillance video on Eyewitness News at 11 on Tuesday.

Surveillance cameras captured the robbery at the Kangaroo convenience store. At one point, the robber, who was wearing a bandana, waved a gun while demanding money.

Police say the robber even pointed the gun at a customer outside the store. Inside, he made the clerk lie on the floor before leaving with less than $100.

Within hours of airing the video, police said, they identified the robber as Cameron Rhinehardt.


The 25-year-old denied being involved after being charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and assault with a deadly weapon. Police said it was the video and his voice that led people to identify him.

Investigators said Rhinehardt also ran into the customer whom he pointed the gun at as he was trying to get away.

Police said he hit that witness with the gun, and the witness was later able to help investigators identify him.

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