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Man Robbed, Thrown In Dumpster Behind Raleigh Store

Posted October 6, 2006

— An elderly Raleigh man was robbed at gunpoint, tied up and thrown in a dumpster behind a store on Raleigh Boulevard Thursday morning.

Thomas Churchill, 76, told WRAL he had gone to the Dollar Store to pick up boxes to put his trash in. As he was about to leave the back of the store, a man with a gun approached.

"He said, 'Put your hands behind your back,'" said Churchill.

The man pulled his arms behind his back, knocking his glasses off in the process. He then tied his arms, then his feet and then did the unimaginable.

"He picked me up by those straps and took me over to the dumpster and threw me in it face-down," said Churchill.

The retired watch repairman said he had only one thought.

"I said, 'Lord, please don't let me die in this dumpster,'" he said.

About an hour later, an employee at the store came out the back door to dump some trash and found Churchill.

"He said, 'What are you doing in my dumpster?'" Churchill said.

Churchill explained what had happened and the police were called. Churchill only suffered minor injuries in the incident.

The robber stole Churchill's car and wallet. The car is a tan 1999 Toyota Camry with the license plate PTR-4603. Call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at


if you have any information.


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