Cumberland robberies prompt sheriff to issue warning to residents
Posted October 28, 2011
Fayetteville, N.C. — Cumberland County Sheriff Earl Butler is warning residents to be aware of their surroundings while pumping gas or shopping at local convenience stores after two armed robberies were reported Thursday.
The first call took deputies to the 3500 block of Gillespie Street in Fayetteville. Three black men, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, robbed a customer at gunpoint in a convenience store parking lot, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim told investigators one of the men approached the driver’s side of his vehicle, pointed a gun at him and demanded money. The victim said he did not have any money. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cellphone and fled into the woods behind the store, authorities said.
The second robbery happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Deputies say they were flagged down by a driver who reported that the Kangaroo convenience store at the intersection of Camden Road and Natal Street had just been robbed.
The clerk told deputies three men, wearing dark clothes and ski masks, came into the store with handguns demanding money. They got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarette lighters.
Anyone who has information about the crimes is urged to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or an anonymous TIPSLINE at 919-484-TIPS (8433).