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'Newport' Robber Strikes Again in Goldsboro

Posted April 22, 2008

— Goldsboro police believe an armed robber, on the run for more than a month, has struck again.

Investigators said Tuesday that a man with a sawed-off shotgun robbed The Pantry at 600 Spence Ave. late Monday night.

That makes nine similar convenience store robberies in a little more than a month. Five others occurred in Goldsboro, three others in Wayne County.

In each case, the robber demands cash and Newport cigarettes.

The Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Office are working together in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the robberies was asked to call police at 919-705-6572 or deputies at 919-731-1481.


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  • bomanicous Apr 22, 2008

    smokes are like money in prison. maybe he's saving for his future. hopefully he'll be stopped before he hurts someone...

  • OncomingStorm Apr 22, 2008

    Regarding "jerome75"'s comment, my convenience store manager back in the 1990's told me that Newports were popular among black males because those cigarettes were the strongest menthol available in prison. As he was a smoker, and I was a lot younger, I believed he might have had a point. As a clue to the robber's identity, I doubt that postulating he is a past criminal is helpful as it likely goes without saying for someone of his "talent", for want of a better word. Still, he will eventually be caught.

  • lilwil Apr 22, 2008

    I hope he (they) are caught and I pray that no one's life has to taken before he (they) are caught.

    It's a shame people who are trying to make a decent living have to go to work worrying about when this "sorry excuse called a thug" might hit. I just hope the clerks and customers alike take necessary precautions and be on the lookout. I know he can hit in the daylight as well as night...they seem to be bold nowadays and have a "I-don't-care-type" mind.

  • Jeremiah Apr 22, 2008

    hopefully, this won't be taken as racist. ever seen the chapelle show where they do the game show and they ask "why do black people like menthol cigarettes." there are several correct answers. one is "i don't know". another is "becuase that's what newports are". It is hilarious.