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Robberies on the Rise in Raleigh

Posted February 26, 2008
Updated February 27, 2008

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— Robberies are up in Raleigh, and so are efforts to catch the perpetrators. Since New Year's, there have been 172 robberies in the city, compared with 117 last year. 

Police said they are taking the 47 percent increase very seriously.

The Wachovia Bank in Brier Creek and the BB&T near Cameron Village were robbed in January. This month, two brothers were charged with robbing the First Citizens Bank on Stonehenge Drive in north Raleigh.

"I think the numbers speak for themselves. Obviously, there is a significant increase over the same period last year,” said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

Sughrue said that as soon as police noticed a spike in robberies, they formed a robbery suppression team to look for potential suspects. Raleigh also has two detective squads dedicated entirely to investigating robbery cases.

"Every time we prevent a crime, everyone benefits from it," he said.

While robberies are up, so are arrests. This year, 59 suspects were arrested, compared with 37 last year. That is an increase of 59 percent.

At the Citizens Advisory Council meetings in west Raleigh, members receive monthly police reports on their area. Members said Tuesday they had not heard about the citywide spike in robberies.

“I don't know what to say, besides I'm glad it's not happening around this area. But if it is occurring, I think the police chief and officers will try and step it up,” said Mark Vander-Borgh, with the Citizens Advisory Council.

Police said 62 percent of the robberies were of people, 30 percent of businesses and 8 percent of homes.

Nearly 80 percent were armed robberies, involving a gun, knife or other weapon.

Anyone with information that might assist a robbery investigation is asked to call 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.

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  • chargernut69 Feb 27, 2008

    ...this is just a result of our constantly degrading economy & morality in this country!

  • Ban One Feb 27, 2008

    172 crimes with 52 arrests, but the guy in the other article should have let the police do their job!?!? The police are stretched very thin and do the best they can, but take a stand people and watch crime rates fall.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 27, 2008

    Proactivism does not relate to Me-Me-Me attitudes that society has changed to.

    That is why so many non-profits are against the ropes.

  • SouthernLady05 Feb 27, 2008

    hondaman: Crime is up, but they are catching more of the criminals. So, arrests are up as well.

    Also, those of you comparing Durham crime to Raleigh need to look again. In 2006 there were just as many murders in Raleigh as there were in Durham. Crime has no borders.

    My hubby won't leave the house without his weapon. I advise you all do the same.

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Feb 27, 2008

    I have arrested many criminals in my twenty years as a police officer. Most of the robbery suspects I arrested were drug abusers. I do not know what facts you are basing your opinion on.

    I don't believe you either.

    I not to concerned on whether you believe me or not. I know what I know.

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 27, 2008

    "Hatchcover has it dead right. Street crime has an inverse correlation to the economy as white collar crime has a 1:1 correlation with the economy. " -districtcadvocate

    Here is a link to a fascinating study regarding this very issue.

    http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1 7 4 5 -9 1 2 5.2 0 0 6.0 0 0 4 5.x (spaces to bypass censor for some strange reason)

    What those posters comparing Raleigh's to Durham's crime rates must realize is that robbery is the only violent crime affected by the state of the economy, and robbery doesn't comprise the entire "street crime" category. There are other correlates that are stronger indicators of violent crime rate.

  • kimandem Feb 27, 2008

    Lucius,
    You are absolutely positively 100% correct!!! Thanks for the truth that you speak. We can all learn from you.

  • 215born910raised Feb 27, 2008

    I have arrested many criminals in my twenty years as a police officer. Most of the robbery suspects I arrested were drug abusers. I do not know what facts you are basing your opinion on.

    I don't believe you either.

  • casp3r Feb 27, 2008

    Lucius Tate= lol, Always nice to see po po's experience shared with us. Thanks a lot for your work.

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Feb 27, 2008

    Lucius Tate, I think u need to come back to earth. Its alot of people out here that rob, steel, and kill and their not on drugs....Come with something better than that!!

    I have arrested many criminals in my twenty years as a police officer. Most of the robbery suspects I arrested were drug abusers. I do not know what facts you are basing your opinion on.

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