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17-year-old arrested in convenience store robberies

Posted December 2, 2009
Updated December 3, 2009

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— Rocky Mount police announced the arrest Wednesday of a man wanted in a series of convenience store robberies.

Authorities planned to charge Daryl Devane Wilkins, 17, of 108 Lisa Court in Rocky Mount, with 11 robberies committed during the past 10 days. He was being held at the Nash County jail.

Capt. Laura Fahnestock, commander of the police department's Criminal Investigations Division, said Wilkins had a similar method of operation in each of the robberies.

“He's entering the business, asking for a pack of cigarettes, and then when he distracts the clerk, he says it's a robbery and asks for money and brandishes the firearm,” she said.

He faces 10 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery.

He allegedly robbed nine stores in Rocky Mount, Griffin’s Food Store on West Mount Drive in Nash County and I & N Mart at Mid Lakes Mobile Home Park in Edgecombe County.

Wilkins was expected to have his first court appearance on Thursday. 

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  • NCTeacher4327 Dec 4, 2009

    You cannot blame parents for the actions of a 17 year old. I'm a teacher, and I taught THIS boy last year (before he dropped out). His family did all they could to get him on the right track, and he decided he'd move out of their house and run away. You need to put yourselves in other people's shoes before you start judging parents all the time.

  • mproctor2 Dec 3, 2009

    Arrest the parents for child neglect ...........

  • notagain1903 Dec 3, 2009

    Another fine example of great parenting skills and an interest in your childs upbringing has paid off!! This kid is only 17 he should be at the school dance, doing homework having a care free lifestyle.NOT committing armed robbery!!! His parents must be real proud of him!! NOT!