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Man Arrested in Multiple Thefts of ATMs From Stores

Posted May 1, 2007

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— A Wilsons Mills man, arrested Monday morning in connection with a string of thefts of automated teller machines from area convenience stores, faced more charges Tuesday as other agencies said they had closed similar cases.

Robert Blake Strother, 19, whose last known address was Fire Department Road, was charged with theft. Clayton police said evidence from a theft last week led to his arrest.

Howard’s Mini Mart convenience store at 4222 Barber Mill Road in Clayton was broken into early Thursday. The suspects hooked a chain to the ATM and used a pickup truck to drag it out through the front of the store.

Raleigh police charged Strother with the Wednesday break-in and theft of an ATM from a Bojangle's on South Wilmington Street. The Wake County Sheriff's Office charged him on Tuesday with another ATM theft on Poole Road in Knightdale.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department also has outstanding warrants on file for Strother, and other law enforcement agencies want to question him in connection with similar burglaries and ATM larcenies in recent weeks at stores in Clayton, Johnston County, Selma, Princeton, Raleigh, Garner, Wake County and Fuquay-Varina.

Strother is also wanted in Virginia on four counts of forgery.

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