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Cumberland robberies prompt sheriff to issue warning to residents

Posted October 28, 2011

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— 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).

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  • kermit60 Nov 3, 2011

    The change in the NC law that took affect this year does allow for deadly force to be used under circumstances like this. Is it right to shoot someone over a few dollars or a cell phone? You can either defend yourself or call 911 (unless they take your phone). Remember that when seconds count in a situations like these the police are only minutes away.

  • alleycat Oct 28, 2011

    fayncmike If the first dude who approached the guy and demanded money was shot the others would run and we would be less one robber. The reason the reports say black men thats who did it, not asians or any one else.

  • whatdidyouexpect Oct 28, 2011

    Didn't Dirty Harry clean up the streets? I think we do need more yahoos (& googles) to take out the trash.

  • SmokeWagon Oct 28, 2011

    .."How very, very right you are! The last thing we need is a bunch of Yahoos who think they're Dirty Harry running around with handguns. fayncmike.."

    Oh yea that's right....lets let ONLY the criminals have guns...THAT would make the world a safer place now wouldn't it...???

  • ftpc99 Oct 28, 2011

    fayncmike - Get over yourself. Would you have the description only identify their clothes if someone knew more... just so YOU weren't offended? Give me a break.

  • fayncmike Oct 28, 2011

    "Three black men, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, robbed a customer at gunpoint"

    Most interesting to say the least. Would WRAL have reported, Three white men, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, robbed a customer at gunpoint? or Three Asian men, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, robbed a customer at gunpoint? Why do I think not? I smell a bigot.

  • fayncmike Oct 28, 2011

    "@SouthernGirlJD. The right to bear arms and the ability to use them when threatened are two very different things. If you have 3 men around you, and you have to open a purse, reach into a pocket, under a jacket or anywhere else, if your attacker or attackers feel threatened in any way, the likelihood of them doing something first is dramatically increased. Then they steal YOUR gun and use it in the commission of yet another felony. Reality and TV dramas are two different things. In a situation like this, you are the most likely to be injured or killed, it's simply a statistical fact. Stay calm, stay rational, and run like heck if you get the chance. You can always shoot back once you are in a safe position to do so.
    bigal02282"

    How very, very right you are! The last thing we need is a bunch of Yahoos who think they're Dirty Harry running around with handguns.

  • paradiselost Oct 28, 2011

    Most would be robbers won't be scared of my bare arms.

  • SmokeWagon Oct 28, 2011

    ..."Stay calm, stay rational, and run like heck if you get the chance. You can always shoot back once you are in a safe position to do so. bigal02282.."

    oops...be careful with that last statement..the liberal justice system that protects these perps look down upon law abiding citicens that have retreated and THEN decide to "shoot back". Sorry scumbag lawyers just LOVE these kind of "wrongful death" lawsuites brought by the dead perps family on behalf of their littl ol' innocent Jonny..!!!

  • SmokeWagon Oct 28, 2011

    The sheriff is ABSOLUTELY correct....the strongest warning that EVERY single person should heed is to "BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS", where ever you are...! There are popole out there that want everything you have and will KILL you for it...so ALWAYS be aware and follow these U.S. Marine Corps Rules: (I especially like #5)

    1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
    2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
    3. Have a plan.
    4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
    5. Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
    6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a "4."
    7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive. 8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.) 9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. 10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours. 11. Always cheat; always win. The only unf

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