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Duo nabbed in Cary shopping center robberies

Posted July 3, 2012

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— Cary police have arrested two men in connection with a string of recent armed robberies in shopping center parking lots.

Charles Ruben Morgan III and Christopher Sumrell were arrested Sunday night after they unsuccessfully tried to rob two people at 5707 Dillard Drive, police said. The victims got the license plate number of the vehicle the men fled in, leading to their arrest.

Police said they were also able to link Morgan, 20, of the 100 block of Westover Hill Drive in Cary, to armed robberies on May 27 at 6458 Tryon Road, June 13 at 2420 Walnut St. and June 30 at 6430 Tryon Road.

"Thanks to these observant citizens, we were able to close the books on several cases," police investigator Capt. Don Hamilton said in a statement.

Morgan was charged with three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and common-law robbery.

Sumrell, 20, of the 2500 block of Bryarton Village Way in Raleigh, was charged with aiding and abetting armed robbery.

Police said they are still investigating the string of robberies and urged residents to share any information about them. However, they cautioned people not to put themselves in danger to report on criminal behavior.

"Whenever you are out and about in Cary, be sure to report anything that seems suspicious to safety officials immediately," Hamilton said. "It's what continues to keep Cary one of the safest places in the nation to live, work and raise a family."

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.

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  • conservatism lives Jul 6, 2012

    Mike H - it is still against town ordinance to carry on a public street, sidewalk, or park....look it up.

  • Bill of Rights Jul 3, 2012

    kikinc: Actually, there used to be some fairly strict carry laws in Cary. I believe (but haven't spent the time to look it up) that there were similar carry restrictions in Durham and Chapel Hill. Those have been largely superseded by state laws that preempt most of this. Cities can still limit things like carry in certain places (like municipal buildings, athletic facilities, etc.), but that is heavily regulated by the state now. The purpose of the state preemption was to create uniformity across the state; otherwise it turns into a patchwork of laws that are almost impossible for responsible gun owners to keep up with.

  • kikinc Jul 3, 2012

    Jim-Jones: I have a few friends who carry in Cary. There is no ban.

  • MadMaxx Jul 3, 2012

    Cary can thank the section 8 housing for there new residents, since they tore down all the projects! Spreading the criminals out equally now, all communities get them now!

  • Scare Crow Jul 3, 2012

    Mike M.......well put!!

  • BE Jul 3, 2012

    Good catch! But does anyone think they will be punished, excuse me, rehabilitated to the degree they should be? I bet they walk off to probation land. That is unless they have multiple other crimes to their credit on the books.

  • Bill of Rights Jul 3, 2012

    Jim: state law on open carry preempts Cary's draconian gun laws. As much as the politicians in Cary would love for it to be a "gun free" zone (where only the criminals are armed), state law thankfully keeps them in check.

  • muggs Jul 3, 2012

    We have grown so accustomed to reading about these criminals,they blame everything that has happened to them in life on their heritage and lack of been given a chance,would really like to see what kind of family supervision many of them had.

  • jmf1073 5.0 Jul 3, 2012

    Great society.

  • Jim-Jones Jul 3, 2012

    Cary should really think about repealing it's ban on open carry of a legal firearm.

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