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Condom machine vendor robbed

Posted February 4, 2009

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— A Fayetteville man is wanted for questioning in the robbery of a condom vending machine operator, authorities said Wednesday.

The vendor was removing change from the condom machine in the restroom of the Kangaroo convenience store at 2990 Gillespie St. at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached him brandishing a gun, authorities said. The gunman took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a tan, four-door Hyundai Sonata, which was later found abandoned near downtown Fayetteville, authorities said.

Authorities were searching for Lester David Sinclair for questioning in the case.

Sinclair, 47, whose last known address was 5203 Killdeer Drive, was described as a black man, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information on Sinclair’s whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • iamyeary Feb 4, 2009

    Does it REALLY matter what kind of vending machine this guy was robbing? LOL Anything for a grab headline! If it was a tampax machine would everyone want to click on the story? I doubt it.

  • podtalk Feb 4, 2009

    Wow, this story is really stretching it.

  • copforlife Feb 4, 2009

    Shouldn't this be under your "STRANGE NEWS" section?????

  • smartin2 Feb 4, 2009

    I just wonder if it was a "rubber" gun

  • twc Feb 4, 2009

    He may be planning ahead!

  • aintbackingdwn Feb 4, 2009

    Fayetteville must be a real hip town to have enough rubber machine patrons that it'd be worth robbing. I guess there's a little of the bay in every state.

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 4, 2009

    was he after the money or the condoms? Maybe he had a date later and needed both?

  • zomg Feb 4, 2009

    that guy looks like OJ.

    remember -- if the glove don't fit, you must acquit.

  • joco cruiser Feb 4, 2009

    This is why we need condoms in the stimulous package.

  • TeresaBee Feb 4, 2009

    This is a magnum crime!
    Seriously, the robber might have taken the mans wallet and the change.
    I hope they find this person. Sounds like he stole the car too.
    And the vendor is a hero for selling these condoms.