Man nabbed in hotel thefts

By: By Beth Lawrence - Staff reporter

LAURINBURG — Police have arrested a Robeson County man suspected of robbing a Laurinburg hotel in February.

Kermit Shane Hammonds, 44, of Hezekiah Road, Red Springs was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon for a holdup that occurred at the Holiday Inn Express, according to Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis.

Hammond is also accused of holding up several hotels across the region. Police have issued arrest warrants for Dawn M. Dial, 44, of Jaycee Hut Road in Pembroke as an accomplice. She is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Laurinburg Police Department picked Hammonds up from the custody of the Cumberland County jail on Thursday where he was being held on similar charges, according to Chavis.

“He apparently had robbed five or six hotels altogether including Dillon and Cumberland County,” Chavis said.

On Feb. 16 at 2:40 a.m., a man believed to be Hammonds can be seen on security video walking into the Holiday Inn Express on Plaza Road, approaching the front desk and demanding money, according Chavis.

“Although no weapon was visible, the suspect indicated he was armed during the commission of the robbery,” said Chavis.

He took an undisclosed amount of cash, got into the passenger side of a red extended cab Ford F-150 and fled the scene, according to police reports.

No one was injured during the crime, and there were no hotel guests in the lobby at the time.

Cumberland County deputies caught Hammonds after they say he held up the Econo Lodge on Goldsboro Road using much the same method as the Laurinburg robbery.

According to a report from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Hammonds had his hand under his coat as if he was armed with a gun, approached the service desk and demanded money.

Hammonds also attempted to rob a guest of the Econo Lodge who happened to be at the front desk. The man told Hammonds he did not have any money on him.

Hammonds took $295 from the hotel and fled in a red pickup truck. The guest and hotel clerk called 911, and Cumberland County deputies caught up with the truck within five minutes of the crime.

When they attempted to pull the truck over, the driver refused to stop. The truck was being driven be Dial, according to Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies chased the truck up I 95 north reaching speeds of over 100 mph with Dial passing vehicles on shoulder of the road and cutting off other drivers. She also ran stop signs once the truck left the highway.

The pair face similar charges in Harnett County as well, according to Chavis.

Hammonds is being held in the Scotland County Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond.

He has a record dating to 2005 for charges including forgery, robbery, larceny, and breaking and entering.

He served six months of a minimum one-year sentence for common law robbery in 2009 and was released from prison in September 2011.

Dial’s record shows that she received probation for larceny and failure to return rental property in 2010 and 2015.

A member of the family issued a public apology for Hammonds’ alleged crimes and behavior saying that it was the result of an addiction.

Roger Hammonds posted the following on the Laurinburg Police Department’s Facebook page, “Would like to take a moment and apologize to all victims surrounding this case on behalf of my family. I don’t condone none of his choices neither does our family … As a family we love Shane, hate his choice but love him.”

Police say several hotels in the region held up

By Beth Lawrence

Staff reporter

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