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Couple charged with string of cell phone store and tanning salon robberies

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TWC News: Couple charged with string of cell phone store and tanning salon robberies
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CHARLOTTE -- A woman suspected of robbing several area cell phone stores is behind bars. Kristie Welch, 34, was arrested Sunday night. The arrest came just hours after an armed robbery at a Cricket store on Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe.

Police say Welch also aided 38-year-old Bryan Gale rob several area tanning salons. Gale is in police custody and now faces robbery charges in connection with hold ups at four tanning salon from June 5 to June 12 in Charlotte. Police arrested him Monday morning. They say Welch will be charged as a conspirator in the robbery spree.

Welch has been arrested at least five other times in Mecklenburg County since 2009.

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