May 022013


Police said 28 armed robberies have been reported since Jan. 1. There were 36 armed robberies during the same period in 2012.

By Kristin Zachary

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Reports of a gas station hold-up, home invasion, guns theft, knifepoint robbery and a mugging overnight Tuesday into Wednesday have Greenville detectives “aggressively” investigating any possible connections.

The robbery string occurred from 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to 3:45 a.m. Wednesday and included five incidents. Three reportedly happened near East Carolina University, and two involved three suspects.

An employee at the Trade Wilco station, 612 S.W. Greenville Blvd., told police a man armed with a handgun entered the store about 10:15 p.m. and demanded money from the cash register.

The suspect, dressed in a black hoodie and black jeans and wearing a blue bandana over his face, ran from the scene toward the Outback Steakhouse restaurant, Sgt. Joe Friday said in a news release.

A case report shows the man took $342. A white mid-1990s Ford Explorer was seen leaving the area immediately afterward, the release said.

About 45 minutes later, at 11 p.m., a 19-year-old male walking into his Cypress Gardens apartment was followed by three armed men who demanded his wallet and cellphone, police reported.

The suspects also reportedly took a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an Xbox game system and a laptop computer from the apartment.

Police said the men also entered a bedroom, held two other victims at gunpoint and stole a computer, iPhone and another cellphone before fleeing in an older model black Lexus vehicle.

A police report also lists a fourth victim and the value of items stolen to be $2,300. The first victim told police he did not know the suspects’ names but believes them to be from Greenville.

One suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, weighing 170 to 180 pounds and about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing dark clothing and armed with a semi-auto handgun, an ECU alert said. Police also reported the man had medium-length dreads and a scar on one cheek.

A second man had dark skin, a goatee and a thin build, is in his late 20s, stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall, was wearing khaki pants and a black hoodie and was armed with a small handgun.

The third suspect is a black man with light skin, in his early 20s, standing about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. He was wearing khaki pants, a red and black ball cap and red and black shoes. He was armed with a knife.

An hour later, police responded to a midnight robbery call at 2004 E. Third St., Apartment B, less than a mile away, according to Sgt. Friday.

Two suspects dressed in black went over a fence and robbed the victims at the residence of guns, he said. It was not clear how many victims there were, the number of guns that were stolen or their value or the weapons used by the suspects. A police report was not immediately available.

A fourth armed robbery was reported about 90 minutes later at a teller machine near Vidant Medical Center.

After withdrawing money from the Wells Fargo Bank ATM at 1802 Stantonsburg Road about 1:20 a.m., the 44-year-old victim was approached by two men, he reported to police.

One suspect, described as a short, heavy-set black man with dreadlocks, was armed with a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet, a news release said. The second suspect, described as a black man of slim build with short hair, standing about 6 feet tall, grabbed the wallet, and both men ran behind the bank and got into a red Chevrolet extended cab truck.

The wallet, valued at $5, contained a Clinton Fire Department badge and driver’s license, and $800 in cash also was stolen, a police report indicates.

Nearly 21⁄2 hours had passed when a mugging was reported near campus, about a mile away from the home invasion and guns theft.

A 19-year-old ECU student walking on Fifth Street near Rotary Avenue reported he was robbed by three men of money about 3:45 a.m, police said. The student told officers he was walking home from downtown when he was approached by the men, and they demanded money. Their efforts netted $25, a report shows.

The suspects were described as black men in their early 20s wearing black bandanas. One had a stocky and muscular build and was wearing dark clothing and a gray sweatshirt and was armed with a silver revolver. A second man wore a black sweatshirt, and the third suspect wore a black T-shirt.

The suspects reportedly ran from the scene in an unknown direction of travel, the alert said. The victim went to his residence in Fletcher Hall on campus to report the incident to police. Further description of the suspects was not available.

No injuries or arrests were reported in any of the five robberies.

The “unusual number of reports from last night” are among 28 armed robberies reported since Jan. 1, according to Friday. There were 36 armed robberies during the same period in 2012, he said.

Anyone with information about any of the cases is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 329-4315 or Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 758-7777.

via The Daily Reflector.


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