UPDATE: Local flower shop owner speaks out after robbery, one arrested

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UPDATED STORY 11/7/2017

PRINCETON,. W. Va (WVNS) — A man is in jail and another is on the run after the two came up with an elaborate plan to rob a local flower shop. 

The robbery happened last week at Colonial florist along Athens road in Princeton. 

Wesley Brown, the owner, said he feels lucky to be alive.  “I’m scared to death if I see somebody walk in front my shop,” Brown said.  

Brown said last week a man wearing a grey hoodie walked into his shop, knocked him to the ground, and stole his wallet that was full of cash and credit cards. 

“Took my wallet, keys to my car and I had $1,000 in my bill fold I collected over thanksgiving weekend and $95 dollars in my pocket,” Brown said. 

But the man in the grey hoodie wasn’t alone.  While the robbery was taking place, another man was in the store. Eric Long was working in the flower shop for Brown in exchange for “flowers for a funeral.” Little did Brown know, it was all part of a bigger plan. 

Brown told 59 News the men attacked him with a medal vase before running off together. Long was arrested on Tuesday but his accomplice is still on the run.

“He needs to be put away because if he done me that way, he will do somebody else. Maybe worse next time.”

Long is being held in the southern regional jail on a $50,000 bond. Troopers said they are still looking for the other man involved.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/6/2017 @ 10:30 am

PRINCETON, W. Va (WVNS) — West Virginia State Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a flower shop in Princeton.  

Eric Wayne Long is facing a number of criminal charges including battery, malicious assault, burglary, grand and petit larceny and conspiracy. 

According to court documents, troopers responded to a burglary call at Colonial Florist on Athens Road in Princeton around 1 in the afternoon on Tuesday, November 28. 

The owner told troopers he received a call from Eric Long requesting flowers for a funeral. In exchange for the flowers, Long would work at the store for a couple of hours. The owner told deputies Long had worked for him in the past doing jobs at the shop such as emptying the garbage and unloading deliveries. 

While Long was working, the owner said another man entered the store wearing a grey hoodie. The man then hit the owner from the back, knocking him to the ground, and stole his wallet which had several credit cards and $1,000 in cash. 

When the owner got up from the floor, he told troopers he saw Long running away from the store with the man in the grey hoodie. 

At this time, it’s unclear who the man in the grey hoodie is or if he has been arrested at this time. 

Long is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. 

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