Jewelry Robber Sentenced to Prison

David Edward Perry, 21, of Statesville, was given an active prison term of four to six years following his conviction for robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of second-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.

The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison sentence for Perry after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, April 29, 2019. In addition, he will be required to pay approximately $437,000 in restitution.

The defendant will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Investigators from the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to an armed robbery at a Morganton jewelry store on November 11, 2017. Video surveillance showed two individuals enter the store – one with a pistol – and force three employees against the wall.

The individuals smashed jewelry displays with hammers and stole more than $437,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing the scene.

Two other co-defendants, Shannon Diehl and Jeanette Bailey, pleaded guilty to their involvement in the crime earlier this year.

The case was investigated by Kyle Goforth of the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193