IREDELL COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Three people have been taken into custody after a man wearing a dress and a wig robbed a gas station, then set the dress and wig on fire next to the building, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
On July 10 deputies responded to a report of larceny at the Mystic gas station at 2135 Charlotte Highway in Mooresville. Upon arrival officers found a large fire burning beside the structure and contacted the fire department to put out the flames.
There was no indication that the fire was related to the reported robbery at the time.
The responding deputies were told that a man, later identified as Rex Carlo Farmer, came into the store, opened the register and stole the cash inside.
When detectives arrived on scene, they were able to obtain witness statements and video surveillance that showed Rex Carlo, wearing a women’s dress and a wig, make the store clerk move so he could get to the cash register. Rex Carlo is the son of the store clerk Rex Allen Farmer.
After interviews with the two men, it was discovered that Rex Carlo's girlfriend, Kayla Nicole Price, was with him and knew that Rex Carlo and his father Rex Allen were planning to steal money from the gas station.
Statements revealed Rex Allen had showed his son how to open the register before Rex Carlo went out to put on a black dress and a wig, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Once Rex Carlo stole the cash from the register he ran outside and set his wig and dress on fire next to the gas station, attempting to destroy the evidence. A nearby privacy fence also caught fire.
Rex Carlo and Kayla were found near their home in Rowan County in possession of some of the cash stolen from the gas station.
Rex Carlo has been charged with larceny, conspiring to commit embezzlement by employee, burning of personal property, and obstruction of justice. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
Rex Allen was charged and arrested for charges of embezzlement by employee and conspiring to commit cmbezzlement by employee. He is being held under a $10,000 secured bond.
Kayla Price was charged with misdemeanor larceny and conspiring to commit embezzlement by employee and is being held under a $5,000 secured bond.