No one was injured, Chief Chuck Hasty said this morning.
The chief said in a statement a man with a light complexion entered the store near Kapstone and displayed a weapon. He demanded money and the employee complied.
He left with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen heading toward Jackson Street Extension on foot.
The man wore a white ball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. A bandanna covered his face.
He had a slim build and stood between 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Investigator O.L. Wiltsie at 252-533-2823 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.
Driver welfare check
Hasty also reported on Thursday around 4:45 p.m. Master Officer G. Morris responded to the 171 exit at Interstate 95 about a possible passed out driver.
Morris and EMS found the vehicle came to rest against a fence. Adam Wayne West, 33, of Sims, was behind the wheel.
West was found in possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.
He was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
He received a $10,000 bond and November 1 court date.
Sergeant M. Peck assisted.