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Gunman suspected in five Franklin County holdups

Posted January 2, 2013
Updated January 3, 2013

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— The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,000 reward for help identifying a gunman suspected in at least five armed robberies in recent weeks.

The crimes date back to Dec. 9, and the most recent holdup was New Year's Day at the Family Store in Youngsville, Sheriff Jerry Jones said.

The Murphy Express Store and Duke's Mini-Mart in Louisburg and the Family Store and Rainbow Garden in Youngsville were also robbed. In each case, the gunman struck shortly before closing time.

Betty Jo Kanneg was working at Duke's Mini-Mart on Christmas Eve when the robber held up the store.

"I thought, what a rotten thing to do to someone on a holiday," Kanneg said, adding that she was terrified when the man pointed his gun at her.

"I thought I was going to have a heart attack," she said. "What would have happened, if something had happened to me, to my family?"

Jones said the gunman has used a blue mask to cover his face in at least one robbery.

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"We're not dealing with an amateur, I don't believe," he said.

He said stores and businesses in the area should on heightened alert and that the community's safety is his top priority.

"There are a lot of armed people in Franklin County. We want to do justice. We want to find out who this is, get him in and let the courts handle him," Jones said. "The last thing we want to have is a shootout."

Kanneg said she hopes he's caught soon.

"He needs to be stopped before he really does hurt someone," she said.

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  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 4, 11:50 a.m.

    if not then you have no case for keeping your toys. No hobby or delusion is worth the lives of 8000 Americans every year.
    Grand Union

    The difference is we have a document that allows us to own guns, other countries dont. When you start thinking for yourself you may choose to own one or not, thats your CHOICE, you libs love some choice when it comes to killing a baby.

  • Scare Crow Jan 3, 4:33 p.m.

    well put paul

  • Paul Parker Jan 3, 4:25 p.m.

    yet its not me that is buying a gun........The risk to me personally is so tiny as to not worth the worry but I bet the risk of nuts with guns seems very real to the Parents of those 20 kids.
    Grand Union

    You claim the risk is so tiny that it is not worth you worrying about, and yet you are still so hysterically terrified of them that you want to ban everybody from having them. Please explain to me again how you are not living in constant fear of an inanimate object!

  • Grand Union Jan 3, 3:39 p.m.

    "debunked with something called "research" Prove it. So far your arguments would fail a review commitee."

    Prove what? Its not me that wants a toy that can kill dozens of people in seconds.......and a toy that killed 20 kids a few weeks ago.
    The US has a Murder rate 4X that of any comparable Country whilst other crimes are about the same......now it might be that Americans are simply better at killing people or it may be that they have easy access to the tools to do so.....we know the latter is true.....can you show that the former is also true....if not then you have no case for keeping your toys. No hobby or delusion is worth the lives of 8000 Americans every year.

  • Grand Union Jan 3, 3:33 p.m.

    "No I would not."

    how would we know? nothing rational out of you yet.

    "Living in constant fear is also a red flag of mental illness."

    yet its not me that is buying a gun........The risk to me personally is so tiny as to not worth the worry but I bet the risk of nuts with guns seems very real to the Parents of those 20 kids.

  • Grand Union Jan 3, 3:29 p.m.

    "Lots of ifs and buts going on here. If ifs and buts were fruits and nuts we could all have a merry christmas."

    How merry a Christmas do you think the parents of the 20 kids killed in Conn. had.......

  • Grand Union Jan 3, 3:28 p.m.

    "Liberalism is the belief that mankind is perfectable."

    where do you get such rubbish from....if anything its the opposite. It recognizes that not all mankind can be perfect but that we shouldn't punish them for that.

    "Conservatism is the belief that mankind is flawed and that there will always be flaws."

    and that such flawed people must be allowed to have guns capable of killing dozens in seconds.......yeah that makes great sense!

    "That's why our government was designed with a separation of powers - to offer checks and balances against human failings."

    Indeed.

    "If it were based on trust, all we'd need is a king or dictator and trust they'd make the right choices"

    Or wait, we could vote to elect our leaders........ the trust required is less as we can always replace them.

  • stevee2 Jan 3, 3:00 p.m.

    Grand Delusion!

  • saturn5 Jan 3, 2:37 p.m.

    atheistswillrule: "Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.”

    Liberalism is the belief that mankind is perfectable.
    Conservatism is the belief that mankind is flawed and that there will always be flaws. That's why our government was designed with a separation of powers - to offer checks and balances against human failings. If it were based on trust, all we'd need is a king or dictator and trust they'd make the right choices.

    "Trust, but verify."

  • kmanc4s Jan 3, 1:53 p.m.

    "There are a lot of armed people in Franklin County" That's right! This guy, sooner or later, is going to walk into a store and confront someone that's not going to be armed and not scared and there's going to be one less criminal in the world.

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