Police in Statesville said George Plane Jr. of Mooresville was working at the Crossroads Shopping Center Walmart Sunday evening and at about 7 p.m. he went outside and put on a disguise from his car, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Monday.
Investigators said Plane approached a garden center employee, pointed a gun at the worker and demanded money from the cash register. Police said the suspect fired at least one shot into the air before fleeing with the cash.
Police spotted Plane's car a short distance from the store and he surrendered after a brief standoff, officers said.
Statesville police Capt. T.C. Souther said he was surprised to learn Plane's age.
"He appeared to be in good shape," Souther told WCNC-TV, Charlotte.