Newton Grove Hardee’s robbed

NEWTON GROVE —Early Monday morning, as employees opened the store for business, the Hardee’s in Newton Grove was robbed, with the suspects getting away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Lt. Marcus Smith of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said the incident was reported at 4:55 a.m. Monday, June 29, at the fast-food restaurant, which is located at 105 West Weeks Circle.

Just as the employees were opening the Hardee’s, they were approached by a unknown individual who demanded money from the cash registers.

“The employees complied and the suspect took the money and took off on foot,” Smith said. “It occurred when they were open.”

According to the incident report, two bags were stolen, one burgandy and one blue, with an undisclosed amount of currency in each one.

Smith said the physical description of the male suspect is unknown, but employees were able to say he was wearing a black mask, black pants and a burgundy hoody.

The robbery is under investigation. Newton Grove Emergency officials were unavailable for comment. Anyone with information about the robbery at Hardee’s is asked to call the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141. Officers from the Newton Grove Police Department may be reached at 910-594-0829. The tip line on the Sampson County Sheriff’s website ( is 910-564-5261.

Monday’s incident is the second robbery-related incident in the northern Sampson County town in June. Emergency officials responded to an attempted robbery at First Citizens Bank in Newton Grove, 316 Main St., earlier in the month. According to previous reports from Police Chief Frankie Harrell, two suspects backed a vehicle near a door on the building’s north side.

With handguns, the suspects got out of the vehicle before seeing a customer at the door. The alarmed suspects never entered the facility after they tried to do so a couple of times.

During the incident, the Newton Grove Police Department received help by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

“There’s nothing that leads us at this time to believe that the two are connected,” Smith said about the incidents.