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Troutman Police searching for robbery suspect
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Troutman Police searching for robbery suspect

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The Troutman Police Department is looking for a suspect in the robbery of the Dollar Tree on North Main Street.

John Paul Gaddy, 33, of Lincolnton, is being sought for robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor communicating threats.

Troutman Town Manager Ron Wyatt said the work of the multiple law enforcement agencies — Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Statesville Police Department, along with the TPD — assisted in the investigation and identifying the suspect.

“This is another example of an out-of-town person with an outstanding warrant committing a crime in the Town of Troutman and the Flock camera helping identify their criminal activity here,” Wyatt said. “This was a great team effort by all law enforcement.”

According to a news release from the town, the Dollar Tree located on North Main Street was robbed near closing time. Officer T.M. Sharpe and Sgt. Jamie Benge responded to the call after it was reported that a man brandished a handgun at a cashier, took the cash register drawer and exited the building.

Wyatt said the ICSO and SPD responded to the scene to assist.

Initially, it was believed the suspect had fled on foot, prompting law enforcement to set a perimeter and bring in a canine. However, a witness and video would soon show the suspect left in a vehicle.

Troutman’s Flock camera system later identified the vehicle.

According to the news release, Gaddy is wanted on the same charge in Gaston County on a warrant that has been outstanding since March 26.

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