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The 26-year-old will be sentenced in June for the crimes in Roanoke and Roanoke County.
Zachary Lewis Meador
Friday, April 26, 2013
A Vinton man has admitted that he robbed a gas station in Roanoke and another in Roanoke County during the first week of this year.
Zachary Lewis Meador, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Roanoke Circuit Court to holding up a Shell station in the 4800 block of northwest Williamson Road late on Jan. 2.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William Braxton said Meador entered the store about 11 p.m. with a hand in his coat pocket and demanded money.
When an employee asked him if he had a gun, Braxton said Meador told them, “What does it matter? Give me the money and you won’t get hurt.”
Braxton said Meador fled the store with $108 in cash. It remains unclear whether he was actually armed at the time.
Police at the time of the incident said investigators got a description of Meador and located him about a mile away, in the 3800 block of Williamson Road. When they found Meador, he was stuffing money into a hole in a building, Braxton said. He said a clerk later recognized Meador as someone who had applied for a job at the Shell station a few months earlier.
Soon after that arrest, Roanoke County police charged Meador with the similar robbery of a Plantation Road convenience store on New Year’s Eve.
According to court records, Meador was convicted of armed robbery April 17 in Roanoke County Circuit Court. His convictions in the city and the county will be combined into one sentencing hearing in Roanoke Circuit Court on June 18.
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