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Mayodan police arrested the former manager of the Food Lion store on Second Avenue this week in connection with a robbery at the grocery store in December.

James Steven Watkins of Route 6, Box 223B, Danville, Va., was charged Tuesday with larceny by employee, conspiracy to commit larceny by employee and insurance fraud, Sgt. Rick Anderson said. Watkins was released on $5,000 bond from the Rockingham County Jail and is scheduled for a first court appearance Jan. 30 in Wentworth. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.An arrest warrant for Watkins' cousin, a Danville resident whose name was withheld by police, also has been issued in connection with the incident, Chief L.E. Shelton said.

On Dec. 3, Watkins reported to police that he had been robbed in front of the grocery store of the $25,780 he was going to deposit in a bank. Watkins also told police the robber took his car during the incident. The car later was found behind the Winn Dixie grocery store in Midtown Shopping Center with the interior damaged by fire.

Anderson said inconsistent statements during the investigation of the robbery led to Watkins' arrest. The money was not found during the arrest, but Anderson said it could be traced. Watkins was fired after the arrest.


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